NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A group of high school students are preparing to return to class after learning lessons about employment at Goodwill.
"Last week when we got you to post your strengths on the board up here, you all told me you had various strengths and skills that we wanted to market," Tom Lee said before a group of Midstate students at Goodwill Industries offices on Ninth Avenue North.
Lee is a career solutions trainer with Goodwill, a nonprofit that provides education, training, and career services.
"This is a job readiness class for teenagers and high school students. We are preparing them for, the most part, their first job ever," he said.
Trainer Heather Featherstone said listening is tied in to their on-the-job image.
"The most important thing is first impressions and sending the message that you want to send," said a participant.
"I'm learning a lot right now and it's like, like about how to get a job and how to handle it," said one young participant.
Lee said among the skills they learn is communication during the four-week program, which also features field trips and guest speakers.