MASON COUNTY — A new program at Mason County Career Center enables students who haven’t yet set their minds to a particular career gain job skills and prepare for the work force.
MCCC instructor Barbara Scarberry teaches in the career work skills program.
“It’s a new program we just started last year,” Scarberry said. “It’s for students who really can’t decide exactly what they want to do. So what we do is prepare them for employment.”
In doing so, the career center provides opportunities to gain experience in different job fields.
“That helps them when it comes to filling out applications,” Scarberry said. She said that as a result of the program students are able to better fill out the ‘experience’ section — a requirement even for many entry-level positions.
“I do have some students who are actually getting paid while getting experience this year,” added Scarberry. “One girl downtown at the Coffee Grinder and one girl at Brumfield’s Accounting.”
“It’s kind of a catch-all program. It’s an on-the-job training. We have students who may want to be beauticians who go to beauty shops to learn about the career,” Ruth Caplinger, county director for career and technical education.
“We do a one year follow-up after graduation to see if they’ve found jobs,” added Caplinger.
Recently some representatives from Huntington School of Beauty visited the career center to work with some of the students in the program.
“They have explained to the students about the school: how to get in, how to get financial assistance, and how many hours it takes to complete the program,”said Scarberry.
Tina Campbell, admissions director at Huntington School of Beauty, said that students may fill out applications online, and that she admits a lot of high school graduates from this area.
“Most of the students here with me today are from the Point Pleasant area,” said Campbell.