Originally created 02/17/99

Job program gives students tips



Employees from more than 60 area businesses converge on Richmond County schools today to give students tips on how to get a job.

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce has teamed with the Richmond County school board to go into the county's nine high schools to better prepare students for the work force.

They expect to talk to 2,000 to 2,500 students.

"We start with the basics," said John Lindsay, vice president of business development and community outreach for Westinghouse Savannah River Co. "How do you dress, punctuality, responsibility for your actions and working with others. Then we go on to skills for a specific job."

Officials also talked about expanding the School-to-Work program, which for two years has been a pilot program consisting of five students at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School who participate in a program like work-study at Westinghouse.

The school district and Westinghouse -- coordinators of School-to-Work -- hope to expand the program next year to nine schools.

Mr. Lindsay said his company has hired one student so far from the School-to-Work program.

School officials say they are excited about the opportunity today's event entails and the work experience students get through School-to-Work.

"Students need to know the importance of how to fill out a job application," said Jackie Young, director of vocational education for Richmond County schools. "They will get to experience state-of-the-art equipment and experience hands-on training."

Faith Johnson can be reached at (706) 823-3765 or faithj@augustachronicle.com.