Stephen P., Advanced Internet Web Professional student at the ATC, Kempsville High School 12th grade
"The summer after my first year at the ATC I applied for a job with a local catering company. I was called a week later by the manager of the company and asked to come in for an interview. After the interview had finished I was told that I was the best applicant for the job. My new employer told me that among several other applicants with similar talents as myself the one thing that stood out and impressed him the most was that I attained and included my Workplace Readiness Skills certificate with my application. I believe that because I completed the Workplace Readiness Skills curriculum and exam I was better prepared for the workforce."
Shawn S., Advanced Internet Web Professional student at the ATC, Kempsville High School 12th grade
"Virginia's Workplace Readiness Skills program has taught me that just by redefining your essential 13 skills you can rise above others when applying for the same job. After receiving my WRS certificate of completion I took it to my prospective employer which landed me my new job."
Brittany H., Advanced Marketing student, Kempsville High School 12th grade
"Learning about Workplace Readiness Skills has helped me tremendously with my job as a sales associate at a local jewelry store. I am more confident when talking to customers and performing tasks designated by my employer, after learning about self-presentation skills in class. The skills I have learned through taking a technical and career education course are ones that will help me for a lifetime."
Chelsey B., Public Safety student, Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center, 12th grade
Through studying Work Place Readiness Skills, my classmates and I have improved on many things. Not only have we improved on speaking to superiors, expressing our thoughts in words, and calculating monetary values, we have also leaned how these subjects apply to our everyday lives.
Work Place Readiness Skills can be applied to any field you may work in. Learning to fill out paperwork correctly, or learning the proper way to conduct ones self in a meeting is vital to becoming successful.
Math, as dreaded as it may be, is also a skill that WPRS can help with. WPRS teaches students that math is not just numbers, letters, and equations. It is also working with a product, discovering loss, and developing income.
My classmates and I believe that WPRS are a vital part to succeeding in the business world. We believe that these skills should not only be applied and taught to those with vocational aspirations, but to every student in Virginia! These are skills that can not only be applied in school, but in the real world as well, all students should be subject to this topic of importance.