Friday, April 29, 2011
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1st business expo at Lincoln Center

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[April 29, 2011]  Senior and freshman students from Lincoln Community High School attended a Workforce Readiness Expo on Wednesday to learn how to explore career opportunities, prepare for interviews and maintain positions once obtained.

The event was a partnership between the school, Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses and public service departments, according to Bret Hitchings, LCHS vice principal, and chamber director Andi Hake.

Hitchings was stationed at the Lincoln Park District as freshmen attended breakout sessions focusing on the search for a wide range of careers and making educational and training choices to prepare themselves for the workforce in an area they find interesting or where they have an aptitude to perform.

They were also made aware of the importance of first impressions, expressing themselves, and considering the opinions and needs of those around them. Seniors and freshmen attended sessions at the Lincoln Center on the Lincoln College campus. Senior sessions focused on the steps necessary to obtain a job of choice and function in their chosen field of work.

The particular day was a perfect time for seniors and freshmen to be out of the school. Juniors were taking tests, and with half of the students out of the building, it created a quiet atmosphere for those left behind.

Participating businesses and departments were Integrity Data, Eaton Corp., Blades Hair & Nail Salon, Frontier Communications, Regions Bank, Inland Tool, Heartland Community College, Illinois workNet, Lincoln Fire Department, Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln College, Walmart, Global Tech and Coldwell Bankers Cornerstone.

Presenters and their topics were Sara Baker of Heartland Community College, "Finding the Job," for seniors; Matthew Murray of Heartland, "You're on Your Way," for freshmen; Amy Cribb of Eaton Corp., "Succeeding at the Job," for seniors; Scot May and Ralph Dinges of Eaton, "Navigating Your Path," for freshmen; and Joanne Bean of Walmart, "Getting the Job," for seniors, and "Finding Your Path," for freshmen.

The expo was a first-time event that the school and the chamber plan to expand and repeat next year. The sessions were designed to offer freshmen ideas for shaping themselves and their path to a career, while they have years to consider their options. The guidelines for seniors were directed to students who are coming to a crossroads in their education and need to consider additional education or training to position themselves for the job or career they want to have.



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