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BHS students gain workplace skills in course taught by local business leaders

Employers commonly say that young people coming out of high school or even college aren’t ready for the workplace.

That’s why Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has joined with the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, Burnsville Promise and the Greater Twin Cities United Way to provide a five-week workplace readiness class for students at Burnsville High School. The goal is to set students on a path for workplace success.

Students who complete the course will earn a certificate they can share when they apply for jobs. Opportunities to do this will be abundant during an upcoming student job fair at Burnsville High School from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, said Kathy Funston, the district’s director of Strategic Partnerships and Pathways.

Using a curriculum called “Bring Your ‘A’ Game” developed by The Center for Work Ethic Development, the after-school class focuses on developing foundational behavioral skills for success in the workplace in the areas of attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, accountability, acceptance and appreciation.

“Almost every day I hear stories from employers about challenges related to lack of core skills in the workers they are hiring today,” said Burnsville Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Harmening. “I am excited to be partnering with District 191 to address this issue using a curriculum that is spot on with what employers are looking for. It is critical to let these students know how much we value them in the workplace and how important these core skills are.”

Facilitators of the course include representatives from the partner organizations and also from UTC Aerospace Systems, the Burnsville YMCA, Fairview Health Services, Bolton & Menk and the City of Burnsville.

“This course is one more way that our community supports the success of our students,” said Funston. “We truly appreciate their support and involvement.”

Photo: Hanane Kachman, center, of Fairview Health Services, is among business leaders helping prepare BHS students for success in the workplace.