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Students prepare for workplace success

High school students learn real world skills

Posted: October 7, 2010 1:14 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2010 1:14 p.m.

There's more to learn in school than just reading, writing and arithmetic. There's a fourth "R": workforce readiness.

On Thursday, Oct. 7, students from area high schools will trade in school clothes for work-appropriate clothing as they prepare to attend the eighth annual Connecting to Success business conference sponsored by the Valley Industry Association.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the sessions begin at the Grace Conference Center campus located at 22833 Copper Hill Drive in Santa Clarita.

Connecting to Success is an annual program providing high school students training in the areas of workplace ethics, communicating their value and financial literacy. Taught in a business seminar format, students participate in a keynote address followed by three break-out sessions. The curriculum for this year's financial component was updated to be more interactive and relevant for young people.

The three component sections were determined based on researching local employers and identifying areas emerging workers need to be successful in the workplace.

Since 2003, this high impact, half-day workforce preparation program has provided high school junior level classmen the opportunity to build workplace professionalism. Nearly 100 business leaders volunteer over the course of the program to teach students what it takes to succeed.

Despite tough economic times, the number of students receiving the program has grown. This year more than 2,500 area students representing all area high schools are expected to participate in one of three business conference dates.

Additional conference dates include Oct. 21 and Nov. 4.

About the Valley Industry Association
The Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita (VIA) represents business interests throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. VIA provides its members -- industrial, commercial and service companies -- the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of business issues. In addition to being a legislative advocate, VIA serves as a one-stop shop for relevant business information, supports local educational initiatives, and provides networking opportunities.


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