HENRY COUNTY, GA – Henry County Schools’ Work-Based Learning initiative provides valuable work experience and career guidance for students in each of its nine high schools.
Kady Spivey, a senior attending Union Grove High School, is the January honoree. She works as a cashier for Chick-fil-A in McDonough, and is using the experience to make solid connections for her future.
For Spivey, it is about balancing the demands of work while enriching her education.
Skills gleaned during her time with Chick-fil-A; excellent customer service, time management, teamwork, and multitasking make an immediate impact on work and school. Traits Spivey will find useful in college, and when seeking future employment.
“They assist their employees with developing work ethic skills that will benefit you in the future,” adds Spivey. “It has been a great place to work.”
Accomplished student and aspiring engineer, Spivey has an extensive list of education-related activities, including the Future Business Leaders of America, and the National Technical Honor Society; also serving as an officer in both organizations.
Spivey participated in the 2012 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP), a highly competitive and selective academic summer program for Georgia students. Spivey an Engineering Graphics and Design pathway-completer, used the knowledge to earn acceptance into the GHP program for Architectural and Industrial Design.
The Henry County Schools Work-Based Learning program is a win-win opportunity for dedicated and bright students, and local Business Community Partners, a relationship spanning years; Chick-fil-A sings praises for the program.
Cindy Wilson, operator of the location employing Spivey, shared, “This program has been mutually beneficial to the students that we employ as well as to our business. We are happy to have Kady as a part of our team at McDonough Chick-fil-A.”
Work-Based Learning Instructional Leader Joy Cox notes Spivey’s drive to do her best. Integrity, mature, and dependable are only a few of the words that come to Cox’s mind when asked to describe Spivey.
“She has great potential to become one of our outstanding business leaders in the near future,” said Cox of Spivey’s outlook beyond high school.
Henry’s Work-Based Learning program provides students with a dual experience; they face the challenges of holding a job, while acquiring an education. While fostering skills like time management; invaluable for current and future endeavors. As with any good program, instructional leaders impart a lasting impact.
“Mrs. Cox has encouraged me this year,” said Spivey. “She has really helped me prepare for the employment process. She gave me some outstanding assistance with resume preparation and interview skills.”
J.D. Hardin Communications Specialist for Henry County Schools contributed to this article.
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