Contact: Lydia Craddock – 336-949-0775
There are graduating seniors looking for full-time, permanent employment in Rockingham County. Local companies are looking for full-time, permanent employees. Our local community college is ready with the training needed to put these students to work. On Wednesday, April 21, the groups were able to come together. Working collaboratively, Rockingham County Schools and the local NCWorks Career Center – Rockingham were able to bring these students and employers together with the help of the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce. Rockingham Community College and NCWorks Career Center – Rockingham are now developing the summer job skills training program called Triad Career Connect for the students who will be employed as a result of this event.
Career Development Coordinators (CDC’s) in county high schools helped students write resumes and gather the necessary paperwork. Virtual job interviews were scheduled. Students practiced mock interviews with their CDCs and their teachers. On the day of the interviews, the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce managed the various interviews through their virtual meeting platform.
“It was a little bit of an adjustment helping students interview on a virtual platform. Nevertheless, it was well worth the effort seeing my student interview with the different companies. I was pleased with how my student stepped up and took the initiative,” said Jim Carroll, CDC for Rockingham County High School.
Lydia Craddock, RockATOP Apprenticeship Facilitator for the Rockingham County Schools, indicated, “The RockATOP Apprenticeship Program started three years ago by our local manufacturing industries and Rockingham Community College has been a success. However, we quickly saw the need to expand and adapt this program into other arenas. There are students who are postponing college entrance or who want to enter the workforce immediately after high school. This project with Triad Career Connect and Rockingham Community College is one of the ways we are trying to connect these students and local employers with local education. “
NCWorks partners arranged to have company human resource managers present to interview students while CDCs in the school system connected with students who had an interest in the project. A young student from Morehead High School remarked, “The company I most wanted to interview with was not able to make the hiring event, but I was able to interview with two other companies. I hope one of these calls me back.”
The Rockingham County School system anticipates working with NCWorks Career Center – Rockingham to offer an additional hiring event for students wanting to go directly to work after graduation.