By Aaron Moody
April 27, 2017
The scene inside the South Garner High School media center on Thursday looked much like a business expo, and it almost was one.
Participating vendors were there for the Trojan Business Alliance job fair, catered specifically to Garner High School seniors. For about 45 of those students, however, the event was the culmination of a workforce-readiness program that no Wake County public school had implemented for decades.
Joy Frankoff, the district’s school-to-career coordinator, said the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce helped organized a similar program for all Wake students in the late 1980's and early 1990's.
“There’s been nothing done like that since,” Frankoff said. “Garner is the first school to do something of this magnitude since then.”
The business alliance, made up of school, town and business leaders, recruited vendors for the event.
It was open to any Garner High senior who wanted to get in some face time with the vendors, and it gave the students the opportunity to submit resumes and job applications.
The 45 students participating in the Senior Employment Initiative had been preparing for the job fair for several months. The program came in five phases: resume writing and job applications, dressing for success, interview preparation, mock interviews and revision.
“We have students in here who are going to four-year colleges, but they wanted to learn those skills,” said Lisa Daughenbaugh, the school’s career-development coordinator. “Unfortunately, many kids go to college and never learn how to interview or how to write a resume.”
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