|Class opens eyes to the real world|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Students at HHS are preparing for life after high school graduation by venturing out in the community, rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.
Kristi Ham’s careers class gives students the opportunity to try their hand at various aspects of the working community. She has 10 students who will share their work experience with the community over the next few months.
Students pick an area they are interested in and contact a business in that area.
Ham said it gives students a chance to test drive certain areas to see what they are most interested in. She said some students feel they really want to work in an area, intern there for careers class, and decide it isn’t the right area for them to be in.
This week’s careers class featured students are seniors Christa Durbin, Willie Greenman and Sydney Nelson.
Christa Durbin spends her internship hours at Phillips County Sheriff’s office working with Sheriff Rob Urbach and Phillips and Sedgwick County Victims Assistance Coordinator Darlene Johnson.
Durbin’s duties include working with civil papers, entering computer data, attending court hearings and general office work.
Durbin said she has learned how to use different programs such as Crime Star, Excel and Quicken. “I have learned how to budget every month and how things work when you are on a crime scene,” she added.
Durbin’s career goals include becoming an elementary school teacher.
Christa Durbin, pictured at right, spends her time at Phillips County
Greenman has been busy working with Julie Dirks at the Flower Garden working on holiday decorations, large flower arrangements and anything else he can get his hands on.
“I know how to make candy bouquets and all types of rose vases,” Greenman said.
Although Greenman isn’t looking toward a career in the flower industry, his internship has taught him a wide variety of skills. “I have learned many business skills like working with customers, putting orders into the computer and taking monthly payments,” he said.
Greenman hopes to attend college to major in education.
Willie Greenman is pictured at left with Julie Dirks
Sydney Nelson’s internship includes spending time at Computers Etc. with her mom Lori.
Hoping to study graphic design, architecture and business management in college, Sydney hopes the skills she has picked up will help her reach her goals.
Along with answering the phone, running the cash register and dealing with sales, Nelson works on Photoshop for customers, filing, Excel spreadsheets and customer service.
“This internship has helped me learn more about the computer industry, as well as how to interact with customers,” Nelson said. “It has allowed me to use the accounting principles that have been taught to me and taught me more about the art supply industry.
Sydney Nelson, pictured at right, works with