Currently, the High School Ready to Work program has 80 participating high school Seniors from Central High School, Greensboro High School, and Hale County High School. Upon graduating The Ready-To-Work program, there will be a hiring fair for all graduates at their high school. They will interview with their top two employer choices. The following companies will participate in the interviews: Buffalo Rock, DCH Health System, Embassy Suites, Hotel Capstone, Lear, McAbee Construction, Onion Staffing, Phifer Incorporated, Wilson Hospitality, ZF Chassis Systems, and more. High School RTW will expand to 15 High Schools in West Alabama in August 2018.
The High School Ready to Work program involves local industries and a local staffing service, Onin. Students opt in based on their desire to seek work upon graduation rather than pursue additional education. This program combines the notable 5 week Shelton State Community College model RTW curriculum, one week of instruction for each industry cluster in the region, industry tours, Work Keys assessments, and job search skills. This creates an 18 week, 1.5 hour per day class in which students will graduate with an NCRC, CPR, and OSHA 10 certifications. Students learn valuable soft skills through the Ready to Work program, which are reiterated in a daily clock in and clock out mechanism.  Students use a sign in badge featuring a RTW logo they designed. Every credential obtained by the students will be stored in Onin Apps for accessibility and convenience.
One of many advancements to the High School RTW program is the integration of West Alabama Work’s Career Connect Employment Tracking System. All High School RTW students will register with Career Connect upon their entrance into the program. Career Connect will track their employment progress a year after their high school graduation date. West Alabama Works will continue to address those students’ employment needs (e.g. job advancement, continued education, advanced certifications, etc.) long after graduation. Career Connect registration will also become a requirement for all high school seniors in West Alabama beginning August 2018.