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Work Skills Challenge Day

April 19, 2018 08:19 PM

(ABC 6 News)--On Thursday, students from eight southern Minnesota high schools fine-tuned some of the skills they'll need to fill that role.

"This is our Region Ten Work Skills Challenge Day," co-coordinator Sara Gilberg explained.

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“The purpose of the work skills event is for students with special needs to have the opportunity to participate in a mock interview, a general knowledge test and to complete a job application," co-coordinator Becky Gerdes added

“They're practicing how to introduce themselves in appropriate ways, handshakes, they're practicing how do you talk to people you're not comfortable with,” the Albert Lea school district’s Erin Gustafson said.

"And practicing how do I manage my emotions in that sort of event.”

“It's an opportunity to practice for life" Austin High School senior Justin Farnsworth said.

“They are learning such great life skills,” co-coordinator Sara Gilberg added.

And with the help of actors from Riverland community college who performed skits on what to do and what NOT to do when trying to get a job, the high schoolers learned lessons about the workforce and life.

"I want them to gain some confidence in their abilities," Sara Gilberg told ABC 6 news.

“To get them thinking if they haven't started thinking what am I going to do after high school," co-coordinator Becky Gerdes added. “The first hope is that they would learn something interesting, the next hope is that they would meet someone new from another school, and the third hope is that they would have fun.”

This is the third year of the work skills challenge. 60 students took part that first year. This year, more than 200 kids will participate at three locations in southeastern Minnesota.

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