First ever Job Olympics continues at ASD
by Shane Dunaway
Feb 19, 2014 | 1064 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Alabama School for the Deaf student Ke’Ariel Rice uses a pottery wheel to make a clay bowl during the first day of the school’s first ever Job Olympic event Wednesday. More than 50 students are participating in the three-day program designed to enhance students’ career and technical skills.
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Alabama School for the Deaf student Ke’Ariel Rice uses a pottery wheel to make a clay bowl during the first day of the school’s first ever Job Olympic event Wednesday. More than 50 students are participating in the three-day program designed to enhance students’ career and technical skills.
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TALLADEGA - More than 50 Alabama School for the Deaf schools are participating in the school’s first ever Job Olympics event that began Wednesday and extends through Friday.

Robbie Stewart, ASD’s Career/Technical Department Director, collaborated with several teachers within her department to design the program featuring 19 events associated with career and technical development.

“I recently attended the State Transition Team meeting in Montgomery with various agencies from all over the state represented there,” Stewart said. “Someone there mentioned Job Olympics. I had never heard of it before, so I came back and I Googled it to find out a little more information about it. With the Winter Olympics going on, I thought this was the perfect time to do it. Some of my teachers came up with different activities than what was actually on the website.”

According to Stewart, students were given an opportunity to compete in five different events designed to illustrate for the students how they compete in the job world while raising the student’s self-esteem and confidence.

The events covered many job-related topics from resume/interview and professional appearance to more hands-on activities such as car detailing, pottery wheel and video production.

Isaac Stevenson, a junior at ASD, competed in the resume/interview, professional appearance, custodial skills, flyer creation and video production events.

“Flyer creation was my favorite activity because it shows my favorite hobby and skill I have which is drawing cartoons,” Stevenson said.

During the custodial skills event, Stevenson’s tasks included sweeping and mopping a floor section, placing a “Caution Wet Floor” sign, vacuuming a section of carpet and washing windows without streaking them with a judge overseeing and providing feedback on the tasks.

“I made a mistake by not vacuuming right and I saw people forgetting to sweep before mopping,” Stevenson said. “You have to correct the process. It taught me how people can learn from their mistakes and improve their skills for the future.”

Much like the Winter Olympics, the top three students in each event will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal for their efforts.

Stewart said the medals will be presented during a ceremony at the school’s Career Day Feb. 28.

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com