This past March, La Quinta Rotarians joined with other community members to present four mock interview workshops to La Quinta High School seniors.  Approximately 180 students experienced two mock job interviews each with written and oral evaluations.  The project was coordinated with lead academy teachers, Mr. Kevin Schmidt of the Public Services Academy, and Ms. Kathryn Pedersen of the Medical Health Academy. 

Both academies are California Partnership Academies with special funding from the state with the goal of career focused curriculum that meet graduation requirements and internships.  Another requirement of the academies is that half of the students must be “at risk.”  These are students who have had serious attendance problems, low test scores, poor grades, English language issues, and low family income.The students dressed in business attire, presented portfolios including resumes and cover letters and were prepared with pre-workshop trainings to review commonly asked interview questions and the evaluation form.  The project counted towards the students’ grade and has been made part of the class curriculum.  As always, its success is the result of every member of the team, including our Rotarians stepping up and taking part.