Written by Nancy Floyd Richardson, WHS Avid Program Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:11
Twelve Wakulla High School AVID students spent a recent Saturday receiving instruction from the Career Center at Florida State University.
Ninth grader Lauren Dunlap liked what she learned about career opportunities, “I know where to go to learn about job options and to practice for interviews. I loved this trip because it was educational, interactive, and interesting.”
Through a partnership with AVID and CROP, the students learned more about professional attire for interviews, business etiquette, and dining etiquette. Students were able to practice interview questions and situational professional practices with chaperones Nancy Floyd Richardson and Melinda House.
Freshman Carson Strickland said it gave her a good image of what to wear to look professional and appropriate. Junior Danielle Gray agreed, “What they showed us has already come in handy. It’s very important to watch how you present yourself to other people.”
Afterward, students toured the career center, learned more about the research, resume, and interview services available, and ate lunch at Z. Bardhi’s. Sophomores Holli Lucas and Diwata Thomas had a lot of praise for the restaurant, especially the chef who greeted the students personally and welcomed them to the restaurant.
AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an internationally successful college-preparation program. Students take the AVID elective class to support their enrollment in rigorous honors, advanced placement, and college dual-enrollment classes. Wakulla County students have been in the program for three years, and AVID has been partnering with FSU CROP, the College Reach-Out Program, for the past year. CROP has been providing college tutors once a week after school as well as weekend events to help students choose the correct college and learn more about financial aid.
Superintendent David Miller advocated for Wakulla County school system to be one of Florida’s first rural districts chosen for The Florida Partnership with the College Board Grant, which has allowed middle and high school teachers and administrators to better prepare all students for college success. AVID is a part of that grant program.
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