You don't have to be a Crime Scene Investigator to use the acronym CSI. Soldotna now has a CSI that has nothing to do with crime and everything to do with helping you find a job. Career Skills Institute (CSI) is now recruiting young people between the ages of 16- 24 who are interested in high growth industries, "We started our program a year ago and are expanding it because it has become so successful," CSI Mari English told the Soldotna Chamber last week. "We have been tasked through a grant from the Denali Training Fund Youth and administered through the Department of Labor and Workforce development with providing career planning, exploration and work experience and basically what we are doing is teaching young people what it takes to get a career that will allow them to stay and work in Alaska," explained English.
"Our goal is to teach high school students and young adults how to get and keep a job, become an asset to their employer , and live a satisfying, financially secure life by choosing to work in Alaska's high growth occupations such as: oil and gas exploration, construction, transportation, mining and healthcare," added Loretta Spalding also with the Career Skills Institute. According to Spalding students complete a career assessment, develop a career plan, create a resume and learn how to interview for a job, "They also participate in a variety of individual and group activities that will help them develop confidence, practice workplace etiquette, and develop leadership and communication skills. Students also hear directly from many employers in our community and learn firsthand what employers expect from them. They will learn about workplace safety and receive alcohol and substance abuse training.
At several public presentations recently CSI compared their program for learning job skills to catching fish, each time the volunteer cast into the CSI pool they hooked up with a new skill such as "People Skills," and "Resume writing." Youth who participate may be matched with local employers to practice their employability skills in either paid employment or volunteer experiences.
According to English they are currently registering young people for the next 25-30 hour course to begin in April. All classes are free of charge and a certificate of completion will be awarded to all participants that complete the training program.
Local businesses willing to participate in the speakers program are also encouraged to call Marie English, CSI Career Guide at 741-1229 for more information.
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