Gcc Has Work Force Readiness Academy


Gila Community College Payson Campus kicked off its Work force Readiness Academy program during the month of October.

Currently, eight students are enrolled in the program geared to teach them to become active members of the Payson work force or to improve their current skills.


Participating in Gila Community College's work force readiness academy at the Payson campus are Sean Dunham of Mazatzal Casino (standing), and (seated left to right) Signa Sutten, Danny Hunt, Kirscha Wholley and Ashton Riley.

Classes include small business proprietor certificate, retail management, hotel restaurant management, office technology, allied health and medical, drafting technology, landscaping, hospitality and restaurant management, office and administration/technology, medical assistant, nursing assistant, home health aide, basic emergency medical technician, laboratory assistant, medical transcription, bookkeeping, word processing specialist, attitude and aptitude, assessment, job seeking strategies.

The group is quite diverse, ranging in age from 16 to 70. Six of the students are from the Payson Center for Success High School. The first month was focused on goal setting, skill assessment and interest inventory. The students have spent time working on defining their core values and looking at career paths which reflect who they are and what their passion is in life.

The group began a speaker series which invites area business leaders and owners to come and share their perspective on what they look for in a great employee, as well as information about their industry. Jim Richey of the Pine/Strawberry area spoke about the restaurant industry; and Sean Dunham of Mazatzal Casino shared not only the opportunities within the casino, but also some great information about work ethic and success through the Fish Philosophy training. The speakers are giving the students valuable information that will make them better employees and in turn help make the business more successful.

During WFRA training, students will work on resumes, interview skills, life skills: such as money management, grooming, time management, and communication skills at home and at work. There will be a higher level of professionalism when the students complete this training. The final step will be computer training.

"Determination will lead to reaching goals. We are all committed to our education and our future," student Amanda Breen said.

"70 is not too old! Experience and education will be recognized," Danny Hunt said.

"Choices we make today will affect our future," Ashton Riley said.

"Class is fun and exciting. There is always something new to learn," Kirscha Wholley remarked.

"I am really enjoying teaching this class," said instructor Kathy Nyetrae.

"It is such a diverse group and there is always something valuable being shared by each of the students. I am looking forward to working with the business community to create a strong and proficient work force."

A scholarship is available if students enroll in the first three classes of the program concurrently.

For more information regarding Work force Development Training or other programs Gila Community College has to offer, call (928) 468-8039.

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