Monday, December 25, 2000

A look at the world of work

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MORROW — Business teacher Barbara Worley is making sure her students in Little Miami High School's internship program get a true taste of the working world.

        In addition to job shadowing for eight weeks, they learn communication skills, discuss sexual harassment and receive diversity training and investment advice.

[photo] Ginger Schnecker, 17, uses body language as she talks to Ryan Hill, 18, in a business class conducted by Mike Lair (background).
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        Last week, they learned about body language, public-speaking and teamwork from Mike Lair of Lair Learning Alliance in Kings Mills.

        “Being able to work together and being able to communicate are two of the most important things you're going to have to do in interviewing,” Ms. Worley said.

        Students demonstrated how body language or voice fluctuation can reveal a person's feelings.

        Student Megan Grice acted out a skit in which she repeatedly looked at her watch to suggest boredom.

        Students also had to give a speech about themselves.

[photo] Checking her watch to show boredom, Shanon Bowlin, 17, plays a role with Megan Grice, 17, in a Little Miami High internship class.
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        “I've got good people skills and I don't back down from challenges,” said Andrew Wong, 18, who wants to go into business.

        Ms. Worley said she also thinks it's important to include diversity training in the program because Little Miami High School has no African-American students.

        “I'd like to make them aware they may have prejudices,” she said.

        Students are interning in a variety of fields, from the Hamilton County coroner's office to La Comedia dinner theater in Springboro.

        Ms. Worley said she hopes the program will help students become well-rounded.

        “This will help teach them to go out and act as professionals.”


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