Students Practice in Mock Interviews at Career Boot Camp

For nearly forty years, instructors at Stanly Community College (SCC) have been teaching the Human Resource Development (HRD) course that trains individuals for success in the workplace. It is designed for unemployed or underemployed individuals seeking employment. The fee is waived for those that qualify and course work includes self-assessment, career exploration and marketing skills for today’s job market.

Liz Adkisson, SCC’s HRD Coordinator, in conjunction with NCWorks, NexGen and the Public Housing Authority, teamed-up this spring to offer a different kind of HRD class. For nearly four weeks students met every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for three hours a day to participate the Career Boot Camp course. Students learned resume writing, interview skills, business etiquette and participated in mock interviews. During the final week of the course, SCC instructors Marcus Pryor, Delia Carriker, Melody Braswell, Dana Chaney, and Career Boot Camp Instructor Lisa Hash, facilitated mock interviews at the Public Housing Authority for the students.

"What a great partnership between SCC and the Albemarle Housing Authority. Even though the students were a bit nervous, the mock interviews were fun and engaging for them, plus it provides the students a chance to sharpen their skills without being judged," noted Ms. Adkisson. "Many students have little experience in being interviewed when they begin seeking employment," she said. In CareerBuilder, LLC's article, "Employers Share Strangest Interview Mishaps and Biggest Body Language Mistakes," "Half of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position."

The next HRD Career Boot Camp will be held on June 21 through July 12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., at the Public Housing Authority, 300 S. Bell Avenue, Albemarle. For complete details and to register for the Camp, contact Liz Adkisson at (704) 991-0279 or email at eadkisson1623@stanly.edu.

Lamar Harris

Lamar Harris (middle) participates in a mock interview with SCC instructor Dana Chaney. Lisa Hash (standing) worked with the students to come to the interviews professionally dressed, with their resumes in hand, and ready for the interview.