Ready For Business: Area High School Students To Gain Real-World Experience

Brevard County, FLORIDA – Brevard Workforce, the area authority on workforce development, has partnered with the Academy of Business and Finance at Viera High School in an effort to train young people in work-readiness and career exploration.

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The academy, founded in 2007, offers Viera High School students a business-and-finance curriculum inside the classroom while also providing internships at Brevard businesses during the summer.

To ensure the students are prepared for successful internships, Brevard Workforce will hold a day-long work-readiness and career exploration workshop on January 13, 2012 for juniors in the Academy. The workshop is being held at the Brevard Workforce career center in Rockledge (295 Barnes Blvd.) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A workshop for freshman will be scheduled later in the spring.

The workshops will prepare students for internships at local businesses this summer. The academy is seeking to place 50 students in internships at area businesses this summer. For more information, call Jeff Dravis, Academy of Business & Finance Director at VHS, at 321-632-1770 ext. 28110.

Several Brevard Workforce professionals will be on hand during the “school-to-work” workshop to educate students on techniques for writing resumes, typical workplace etiquette, career exploration tools, and other general work-readiness skills. The workshop will also have mock interview sessions from the participants.

“We are excited to work with Viera High School and hope that this experience will help students prepare for their summer internships,” said Brevard Workforce Program Planning Officer Erica Lemp, who will oversee the training event. “We believe it will provide them with the knowledge to help them prepare for their future careers.”

The Academy, which strives to help students attain modern financial, business, and entrepreneurial literacy, has 200 students, 50 from each grade.

“In class, we not only study marketing, management, economics and computers but we role play many ethical situations students may face when they enter the workforce for the first time,” said Stacey Gammella-Blackledge, Academy of Business & Finance Teacher and Internship Supervisor. “We groom them to be well-rounded and well-prepared for whatever the business world has in store for them.”