Lincoln Academy and the Frances Perkins Center established a unique partnership in 2017 to help high school students prepare for the workforce. “We decided to officially recognize the month of March as Work READY Month as well as Women’s History month,” said Lincoln Academy teacher John Jenkins, who coordinated the initiative with the Francis Perkins Center. “Ms. Perkins is an ideal role model for this month, since she was the first female Cabinet Secretary, and also championed workplace fairness and employment issues.”
As part of the Work READY events, Lincoln Academy hosted a successful Work READY day on Friday, March 24, 2017 and the ASVAB Skills Assessment on Tuesday March 28. Chris Cash, Development and Outreach Associate at the Newcastle-based Francis Perkins Center, spoke to the entire LA community on Friday, March 24 about the legacy of Francis Perkins and how her work to combat child labor and other unfair labor practices touches all of us today.
All day on March 24, Lincoln Academy Faculty hosted workshops in their classrooms on the topics of: Dress for Success, Resume Building, Civil Civic Discourse, Paying for the Dream, and Interviewing Skills. Students were encouraged to use their free periods to work with faculty on these and more skills to help them prepare to enter the workforce.
Work READY presenters included Martial Arts and World of Work instructor John Jenkins, Chris Cash of the Frances Perkins Center, Lincoln Academy Communications Director Jenny Mayher, English teacher Seth Anderson, Math and History teacher, David Lowe, and Guidance Counselor Jose’ Cordero.
John Jenkins is currently in his second year as an instructor at LA. He piloted the month-long initiative in his World of Work class, and looks forward to expanding offerings next year. “This year’s program was a good start,” said Jenkins. “We hope to grow next year’s program with the inclusion of local business mentors and an exciting Career and College Fair.”