Work Ready Workshop

What was your very first job? Maybe you babysat or mowed lawns. Maybe you worked at a fast food restaurant or a movie theater. Whatever it was, you should be proud of it! Getting your first job can be a tricky process. That’s why Sawyerville Day Camp hosted our first ever Work Ready Workshop.

On Saturday, March 11th, students from Greensboro High School who have either served on staff or attended camp as a camper, joined us for a full day devoted to learning how to apply for a job, succeed in an interview, and even get promoted.

Click here to see a short video about the Work Ready Workshop

Tracie Bates from the Tuscaloosa Career Center shared the do’s and don’ts of filling out an application and dressing for the part. She also brought applications from dozens of local employers and invited the students to write their own pocket resumes.

Thomas Goldsmith, Director of Admissions at the Altamont School, talked about the importance of a good first impression, how the little things like a strong handshake and sitting up straight can really add up in your favor.


Patrick George, the Career Coach at Greensboro High School, offered tips on how to impress employers in an interview and how to answer that not-so-simple question, “Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?”

Finally, Charlie Stevens, from Thompson Tractor, concluded the program with advice on how to be a great employee, one who gets promoted. He talked to the students about the importance of being responsible and taking initiative.


The students left the workshop with a certificate that states they have successfully completed the Sawyerville Day Camp Work Ready Program and have earned the distinction “Certified Work Ready.” They’re off to do great things!

100% of participants said that the workshop was “very helpful” and that they would recommend the workshop to a friend. One student said the most important thing she learned was “to be engaged, ask questions, and to be calm” in an interview.


This event was made possible by lots and lots of wonderful and generous volunteers! Besides all the amazing speakers, several people from different business backgrounds sat alongside the students and answered their questions and helped them create their pocket resumes. Volunteers from St. Mary’s on-the-Highland’s, Birmingham, and St. Paul’s, Greensboro provided breakfast, lunch, and a snack for all participants. Others donated ties for the male students to take with them. This was truly a community effort, and we’re so thankful for everyone’s support!

We’re especially grateful to the Work Ready Workshop’s planning committee – Kay Donnellan, chair, Liz Edwards, Lisa Miller, and Charlie Stevens. Thank you for your dedication and creativity!


Click here to see a short video about the Work Ready Workshop


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