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On Thursday September 21, Waukee School-to-Work hosted DMACC’s Professional Skills Workshop at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center. 196 students from five area schools participated and 49 business professionals from the metro donated their time to lead breakout sessions and conduct mock interviews. Students were able to attend a variety of breakout sessions like “Dress For Success” and “How Does the Resume Screening Process Work.” Waukee Northwest High School senior Lainey Witte said, “My favorite session was the ‘Advanced Insights to Your Advantage’ breakout session. I got to learn about myself and what I needed in a work environment, which will be helpful for the future.”

DMACC large group

Students were able to get professional headshots taken and participate in mock interviews. The students were given feedback on their interview skills to help then gain confidence going into their internship placements. “It was a great experience to learn interview skills and gave me a way to grow in a professional environment,” Witte said. This experience provided participants with a multitude of professional tools valuable in today’s job market.