Theresa Croll, field human resources officer 3 for SCIs Albion, Cambridge Springs and Mercer, recently spoke to prison staff about the Project Employment mock interview event. She was looking for volunteers to participate at Cochranton High School, specifically a maintenance manager to assist with holding mock interviews for high school students to give them the experience of interviewing. SCI Cambridge Springs' Facility Maintenance Manager 1 Ronald Myers volunteered because he thought it would be interesting and educational.
"I feel that it helped the students experience what it would be like to interview for a professional job," Myers said.
During the mock interviews, volunteers also could critique the students' resumes and give them ideas to help with interviewing.
At the event, volunteers were set up at individual tables, representing their own "business." Students then met one-on-one with the volunteers for their "interviews."
Other organizations that participated include the Meadville Police, Cochranton Fire Department, PennDOT, Crawford Central Education, Edinboro University, Prism Plastics, Mercer County State Bank and many, many more.
"It was a great experience for me as well, and I would love to do it again," Myers added.