Monday, February 9, 2015

Pee Dee AHEC Health Careers Program and Darlington County School District Collaborate on Communication Workshop

Communication is changing. Today’s high school students largely prefer text messaging, email, and social media, such as Facebook, to traditional channels such as communicating face-to-face or by phone with someone. However, these skills still remain crucial to searching for and obtaining employment. To help, Pee Dee AHEC and Darlington County School District will collaborate to offer an employability skills workshop for the Darlington County School District Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Office after school program this spring, led by WIA Coordinator Rudell DuBose.

“With so many fast ways to communicate today, it can become easy for our communication skills to get sick. We’re hoping this workshop will be fun while at the same time equip young people with skills on how to communicate well, not just online, but in person,” says Pee Dee AHEC Health Careers Program Coordinator Larrissa Clavon. Ms. Clavon will present the spring workshop, “WellTalk: A Communication Workshop.”

Ms. DuBose and Ms. Clavon both agree that effective communication skills strengthen students’ ability to interact with professionals. The goal of “WellTalk” is to give students confidence in talking with adults at college and career fairs hosted by their high schools, during tours on college and university campuses, at interviews for jobs and internships, in speaking with their teachers at school and in casual conversation at home.

During “WellTalk,” students will explore the importance and relevance of communication skills as high school students, develop ways to share and receive information more effectively, learn the importance of communication in health professions and all professions, and exercise different ways to improve their overall communication skills.

The “WellTalk” workshop will take place March 3, 5, 10, and 12 during the after school program serving Darlington High School students at the Darlington County School District WIA Office located at 501 Spring Street, Darlington, SC.

For more information contact Larrissa Clavon at lclavon@mcleodhealth.org.

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