This second quarter of my VISTA experience has been a whirlwind. Chaos and energy all rolled up into excitement. I was able to initiate a new event that will help not only the students at Kirtland Community College, but the entire community around the college. I recruited many of the departments at Kirtland Community College to help out with the event, along with the director of River House domestic violence shelter. Amiee, the director of River House, said anything they could do to help give back to the college who helps them with so much, they would do. Well, I planned and recruited an awesome team to pull off the most amazing “Employability Workshop”. I only had 25 students in the audience but added to that amount were online viewers. We received some wonderful feedback, not only from students and instructors but from local business owners and managers saying that, this project was long needed. This workshop made it apparent to the participants that soft skills will get them the job they seek and give them the tools to keep the job long term. I had two instructors come to me afterwards and tell me that their students that came were so excited that they learned the proper ways to interview, fitting your resume to the type of job you’re seeking and the proper attire you need to land the job you seek. It was an eye opener up here and Michigan Works in Prudenville and Grayling want to become partners with our next event because they said it was great information and well-put together, for the first time ever. So I take that as a plus and am already planning next year’s event. The event it will be interactive with online audiences as well as, the ones in the auditorium. I am putting my interactive media design degree to big use next year. What an amazing feeling it is to have made such a huge difference in a short period of time.
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