Ward students get life lesson at Verizon - October 31, 2007

Record Number: 3568
Displayed from: Oct 31, 2007 , until: Nov 15, 2007

Students from Ward Education Center will get a chance to meet professionals working at Verizon and learn important job-seeking skills at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. The students will meet with members of Verizon's Consortium of Information and Telecommunications Executives (CITE) at the Verizon Communications office, 8001 W. Jefferson Blvd. CITE is a nonprofit organization representing the African-American employees of Verizon and began meeting with Ward students about a year ago to help the students understand what it takes to be successful beyond high school. Ward is Fort Wayne Community Schools' alternative program for middle and high school students. The executives will talk to the students about having the right attitude to succeed and making good choices. The students also learn interviewing and resume writing skills. "It's to put a face with a professional who may have gone through some of the same trials and tribulations," said Penney Whitlow, CITE president a Network Operations manager for Verizon. The students will also write a personal mission statement to help guide them on the road to success. Ward Assistant Principal Jill Nixon said the trip energizes the students. "When they return to the classroom they are motivated to do better and are more focused on their work," she said. In addition to being an organization committed to personal excellence in business, CITE also strives for a high degree of community involvement. "Helping the students focus on their futures is good for them and good for the community, which will need more highly skilled workers in the future," Whitlow said. Contacts for more information: FWCS: Krista J. Stockman, public information officer, 260-467-2022 or Krista.stockman@fwcs.k12.in.us Verizon: Bruce Childs, director of external communications, 317-903-7137 or bruce.b.childs@verizon.com

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.