12 Plus is an employability class for high school juniors and seniors designed by local industry to explore career fields in the area. They learn skills to prepare for future careers, get introduced to local industry leaders, and solve real-world problems.
As part of the class, students also learn about career opportunities in the area. They completed 80 hours of training, toured 9 employers, and explored 5 continuing education opportunities.
The class goes over basics such as attitude, appearance, attendance, and accountability. “Many employers tell us that these are the skills employees are lacking when they enter the workforce” stated Dana Millard with Lee County EDG; who organized the program. “If we don’t teach our students what employers expect from them before they enter the workforce, we are not setting them up for success as they start their career.”
This is the 4th graduating class of the program and the 5th is scheduled to start at the Keokuk High School in January. Students or employers looking to get involved, contact Dana Millard at firstname.lastname@example.org.