Deadline is today for Job Academy signups

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE -

PALMDALE — Today is the last day to reg­is­ter for the next ses­sion of the Palmdale Works! Youth Job Academy.

The free pro­gram is of­fered by the City to those ages 15 through 18 and is in­tended to give them a head start in pre­par­ing for a com­pet­i­tive job mar­ket.

While the Academy is free, regis­tra­tion is re­quired. Go to­of­palm­ for an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion.

The classes will be from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tues­days and Thurs­days, start­ing Feb. 4 and end­ing Feb. 20, at the Larry Chim­bole Cul­tural

Cen­ter, 38550 Sierra High­way.

The academy was cre­ated in 2008 to help stu­dents seek­ing em­ploy­ment by teach­ing them how to ap­ply and in­ter­view for jobs, as well as de­vel­op­ing strong work skills to re­tain the job once they have it.

Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to iden­tify po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers, dress and pre­pare for a job in­ter­view and will meet with em­ploy­ers from lo­cal busi­nesses to learn about their pri­or­i­ties and prac­tice their skills in mock in­ter­views.

They will learn cus­tomer ser­vice skills and per­sonal per­for­mance stan­dards.

Grad­u­ates of the Academy re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate of com­ple­tion out­lin­ing the train­ing com­po­nents to show prospec­tive em­ploy­ers.

Stu­dents must at­tend each ses­sion of the three­week pro­gram in or­der to grad­u­ate.

”Young peo­ple are en­ter­ing a very com­pet­i­tive mar­ket and tak­ing this ex­tra step to pre­pare them­selves should speak vol­umes about their mo­ti­va­tion,” Palmdale Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Ter­rie Za­yas, the class fa­cil­i­ta­tor, said.

Fu­ture ses­sions of the Academy are planned in July and Oc­to­ber.

For de­tails, call 661-2675400.

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