Joe Weber, as the owner of Castle Rock's Chick-fil-A franchise location, hires dozens of high school and college-age kids to work in his restaurant. For many, it's their first job. He watches as they …
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Joe Weber, as the owner of Castle Rock's Chick-fil-A franchise location, hires dozens of high school and college-age kids to work in his restaurant. For many, it's their first job.
He watches as they come in, sometimes unsure or nervous about being in a professional environment, but grow in confidence as they acquire new skills through their work. Those include communication, developing a work ethic and time management, Weber said.
“I think it's great when kids get a job,” he said. “There's a tremendous amount of life lessons that can be learned by being part of a team.”
He likes helping young people through the process of entering the workforce. That's also why he's signed up to help lead a workshop at an upcoming Castle View High School event.
The Castle View High School Academic Booster Club this month aims to help kids improve their independence, self-sufficiency, confidence and more at its Life Ready: Skills not Taught in School event.
The free event takes place on Feb. 20 at Castle View, 5254 N. Meadows Drive, Castle Rock. Principal Rex Corr will open with a presentation at 5 p.m. A business expo featuring local employers like Weber will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. while a series of 40-minute workshops on a number of issues also gets underway.
Students can attend up to three workshops, choosing from topics like basic automotive skills, finance tips, time and stress management, relationship and dating skills and basic house skills. Booster club member Susan Thayer said the idea spawned from exit surveys the organization conducts with graduating seniors.
“They're always asked if there was something that they didn't learn,” she said. “We found out that they really wanted some life skills.”
Youths and their parents from throughout the school district can attend, Thayer said. The event is open to both high school and middle school students.
Thayer's 17-year-old son, Cooper, a senior at Castle View, said he's looking forward to the chance to hear from employers about what they look for but also to attend the automotive class and the finance class.
“I think it's important to know a lot of those things, especially with going off to college soon,” he said. “I'm not going to have the help that my parents have always given me.”
Thayer and her son said it's difficult for students to fit classes geared toward non-academic skills into their already busy school schedules, so they hope the event bridges the gap.
“I think it's kind of a life skill to on your own go out and learn these things,” Cooper said.
Weber said he's prepared to speak on what employers look for and how kids can win the job they're vying for. And he hopes they see working as the chance to pick up those team building, communication and time management skills.
“Those are all critical skills,” he said, “that you need to get out in the world and be successful.”
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