Santa Maria Mock Interviews 2022.jpg

Santa Maria students hone their interview skills with the help of local professionals. Since much of their academia has been virtual, students appreciate this in-person practice now more than ever before, as it boosts confidence and soft skills!

A record-breaking number of Santa Barbara County high schoolers were admitted to the Paid Job Readiness Training and Internship Program at Partners in Education this spring.

The program empowers students to take on the world ahead through hands-on career exploration and paid work experience, and is only possible with the support of local employers and community volunteers.

Volunteers from the community serve as career coaches who meet with the students virtually on a weekly basis, covering topics from financial planning and resume coaching, to guidance on the big life decisions they will be making after graduating high school. Students are paid for their time, addressing the need to invest in themselves professionally and also earn a paycheck at the same time.

Financial Literacy_Budgeting 101.jpg

All student participants receive financial literacy presentations during their workshops where they learn how to build a credit score, how to understand 401k and IRA savings, what to look for when financing their first car, and they even practice creating a budget!

This commentary was written by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Partners in Education.

0
0
0
0
0

Recommended for you