Lafayette, IND. (WLFI) - Fifth graders at Cole Elementary are participating in the second Cole Professional Academy.
The students are learning about various topics, including how to be interviewed for a job professional social media use, how to fill out a job application, and how to dress professionally.
Students are expected to dress as professionally as possible and act in a professional manner.
Programs like this could be implemented across the state. State School Superintendent Jennifer McCormick attended their first meeting today.
“There are a lot of districts trying to figure out how to do this,” she said. “You know there are some districts that are using different programs and finding success but I do think that this is one that could be scalable, but like anything you have to have capacity and you have to have resources resources to make it work. This is a great role model for all of us.”
The students will meet once a month for the rest of the school year. Each meeting has a guest speaker discussing a different professional development topic.
She says fifth grade is not too young to start preparing for the grown-up world.
“We've seen a lot of programs at the middle, high school level so this being at the elementary it's just very purposeful, the students are very engaged,” she said. “I give credit to all the educators that are within the district and this building and the partners because that's what it takes to make it work.”
This program will go on throughout the year. The students who successfully master all the skills will go through a graduation ceremony in April.