SOUTH BEND, Ind. On Wednesday, representatives from WorkOne and the South Bend Career Academy talked about two innovative programs that seem to be working.
WorkOne's "Jobs for America's Graduates" program, and Conexus Indiana's "Hire Technology" have both been implemented in the South Bend Career Academy.
The JAG program focuses on helping at-risk kids get ready for what the future holds. It offers community service opportunities, college visits, applications, resumes, and other life skills.
"Hire Technology" allows high school kids to earn industry-recognized certificates, to prepare for college, or manufacturing jobs.
“We need to get the kids ready for jobs that we don't even know what will be next week,” said Jason Gibbens, who teaches “Hire Technology” at SBCA. “So with some soft skills and some hard skills that you learn, programming and coding, we depending on coding every day for banking but nobody speaks the language.”
Educators say the ultimate goal is to recognize that kids learn in very different ways. By recognizing different teaching methods, they hope to give youth the resources they need to be successful.