LCS expands Ready to Work program to all of its high schools

Ready to Work

After a successful debut at the Career Tech Center this spring, Limestone County Schools has expanded the Ready to Work program to all of its high schools.

“We’re excited to be able to offer this program at all six of our high school campuses,” Superintendent Dr. Randy Shearouse said. “We saw the key opportunities it provided our students in the spring and wanted to expand upon that.”

Through the new elective course that launched in August, students are able to prepare themselves for successful careers following graduation. Not only do they learn essential skills to be prepared for life, they gain exposure to all 16 career clusters as well.

Students have heard from a number of industry professionals already, including those from Asahi Kasei Plastics and Vuteq USA.

Earlier this week, students in Donnie Story’s class at Elkmont High School heard from board member Bret McGill about careers in the health science field.

“Most in this class are still unsure about college and what they want to do after they graduate high school,” said Story. “It’s been great to see them so engaged.”

The high school Ready to Work program is designed by employers so that they can meet hiring needs. The first five to seven weeks of the program consist of Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) soft skill specifics.

In those weeks, students receive training that will improve employee retention, time management, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking techniques. The remaining weeks of the program are driven by the needs of those employers.

In addition to the specific training they’ll receive, students will also have the opportunity to earn industry recognized credentials such as the National Career Readiness Certificate from ACT and the Alabama Certified Work Certificate from AIDT.

In order to receive certification however, students in the program must have a 95 percent attendance and punctuality rate, satisfactory achievement of work ethic, organizational skills, attitude, and motivation, along with scoring 70 percent or higher on all required assignments, and completion of Work Keys assessment with level 3 or higher.

“It’s our goal as a school district to provide our students with superior educational opportunities,” Shearouse said. “We hope by doing so it will inspire them to be lifelong learners and productive citizen."