Mock interviews put high school seniors at ease

9NEWS at 5 p.m. 10/8/16.

KUSA - Most students at Ralston Valley High School are in the midst of planning for their future.

For seniors like Makenna Marshall, remembering her own high school experience has her thinking about her future.

“It made me think of how much I need to be prepared in what I’m going to be doing,” Marshall said.

That’s one reason why the high school partnered with local business professionals. The program gives seniors a chance to experience real world situations through mock job interviews.

“Those are skills that are going to help them in any job that they choose,” Ralston Valley High School teacher T.J. Thomas explained. “Not only to get the job obviously, but just that confidence that we’re trying to build for that.”

Confidence senior Kellie Trimmer says comes with practice.

“I think practice makes perfect," Trimmer said. "That’s a very simple saying, but I think it’s very true and honest."

The program hopes to make a difference in the Jefferson County School District. The district has seen graduation rates increase over the past 5 years.

“We’re hoping...they stick with it more and we can keep those graduation rates growing,” Thomas said.

This growth would help business leaders like Jennifer Shannon from Fortune Valve Inc. find future employees.

“Get kids excited about having a job, having a future…understanding that they get to pick and choose their life path,” Shannon said.

This program helps these high school seniors have a clearer picture of their own future success.

“To have more of an idea what it’s like, because we don’t have that much of an idea, we’re just high school so I think it really helped me a lot.” Marshall said.

The program has been in the school for the past 6 years. 

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