Career Academy

Career Academy is a 60-hour job-readiness training program that helps participants develop job skills and conduct successful job searches. Participants have access to job-placement services and a professional clothing bank.

What is Career Academy?
The Career Academy is a four-week training program providing job-readiness training, and pre- and post-placement services that include job placement, education, skills and interest assessments, and personal and professional development.

The four weeks of the Career Academy focus on:

  • How to earn trust through time and effort.
  • Identifying skills and abilities.
  • How to make a good first impression.
  • How to set goals and make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, Time-managed).
  • Improving job searching strategies and tips for breaking into the hidden job markets.
  • Tips for filling out employment applications.
  • How to sell oneself and appropriately discuss a criminal background.
  • Building a résumé, cover letter, and reference sheet.
  • Mock interviewing with professionals from the community.
  • Career and personality assessments and creation of a Career Action Plan.
  • Financial-literacy training to improve skills in budgeting and money management.
  • Meeting local banking institutions and college admissions representatives.
  • A hands-on simulated work project.

Upon successful completion of the Career Academy, graduates will have the opportunity to enroll in Opportunity Staffing, Blue Jacket’s in-house staffing agency.