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Career Club at Stephenville High School helps students prepare and get excited for the workforce.

A newly-formed club at Stephenville High School is helping students prepare for success in the workforce.

Career Club is aimed at forging valuable relationships between local employers and talented high school seniors that could lead to jobs following graduation.

The program will give student’s valuable one-on-one training and the opportunity to network with national and international corporations while becoming familiar with the local job market.

“Career Club was borne out of a decades-long need that, to this day, impacts the workplace at an alarming rate. Even with rising wages and the integration of technology and innovation, we are still struggling to adequately meet the needs of our workforce,” Jeff Sandford, president of the Stephenville Economic Development Authority, told Beneath the Surface News.

“This is not about white or blue-collar jobs. This is truly about making work cool again, and we will provide the support and necessary tools to best prepare our future workforce with the confidence they need to be successful.”

Twenty-three kids have already joined the club, which will officially kick off with a dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at SHS’s Champion Hall.

It’s not too late to attend, but if you plan to go, register here.

“We have all kinds of swag we’ll be handing out that night,” Jeff said. “It will be a lot of fun.”

Career Club members will get to enjoy unfettered access to local industries and leaders, soft skills training, and field trips that will give them a behind-the-scenes look into companies like TechnipFMC’s multimillion dollar robots, Sandford said.

“Career Club is made possible by the tremendous leadership of the Stephenville Economic Development Board of Directors, Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas, and the Stephenville Independent School District, specifically, Superintendent Eric Cederstrom, Principal Stephanie Traweek as well as the high school team of counselors,” said SEDA vice president Ashleigh Feuerbacher.

Sandford said the goal isn’t to simply get kids a job, but to prepare and get them excited to join the workforce.

“We want to create a whole new generation of people who enjoy working again,” he said.

There is no better time than now to create a supportive pathway for young men and women to actually get excited about potential career opportunities. Career Club will help to build that excitement in our kids as they consider life beyond traditional educational pursuits.”


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