Bibb County School District, Macon, Georgia
Challenge: Seventy-five percent of Bibb County School District high school students reported feeling unprepared to interview for a scholarship or job, which affected the number who joined the workforce or went on to college.
Initiative: The Mock Interview Fair exposes students to interview situations and helps them practice the skills involved. Conducted annually at all middle and high schools in the district from January to March, the program features a week-long instructional unit that includes completing an application, writing a cover letter and résumé, and participating in a 20-minute mock interview with a community partner. In addition, students learn to dress professionally.
Impact: Since the Mock Interview Fair program’s implementation in 2012, more than 7,500 students have participated and the district’s graduation rate has increased from 52.3 percent to 77.1. “This component is an essential piece of the puzzle in reference to the growth of students graduating future-ready,” says Cassandra Miller-Washington, executive director of career technical and agricultural education.
Advice: Gaining long-term commitment from community stakeholders and business partners is essential to ensuring sustained success.