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Students interview for teachers' assistant positions

 

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JUNIOR MARK Saari interviews for a teacher’s assistant position with English teacher Hope Kovala at the Hurley K-12 School on May 15. Students were required to be interviewed by faculty to receive an assistant position during the 2013-’14 school year.

HURLEY — With college entrance interviews and future careers just around the corner, the Hurley School District is helping to prepare students for the future.

On May 15, students participated in an interview process to become teachers’ assistants for the 2013-’14 school year.

The program has been in existence for many years, but this was the first year that students were required to be interviewed by faculty.

“I know a lot of the kids were nervous, because they didn’t know what to expect,” Melissa Oja, high school guidance counselor, said. “They students dressed up for the interviews and with it being on a small scale, it dispelled a lot of the kids’ nerves.”

Around 20 students were interviewed. According to Oja, each interview took about five minutes and the students were evaluated by the interviewer.

“This will help them a lot when dealing with job interviews and things related to getting into college,” Oja said. “The teachers were really pleased with their efforts and complimented them on how well prepared they were. It was great to here positive feedback.”

Each student will be placed with a teacher next year.

Oja hopes to see the program and interviewing process grow.

“We want to teach these students how to give a good handshake, make eye contact and basically sell themselves to potential employers,” Oja said. “Hopefully, we can build off of this and make it even better next year.”