Seven YAP Seniors Hired by GEICO | Business
The Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) is proud to announce its partnership with GEICO. GEICO is a wonderful corporation that gives endless community support to our school system in countless ways. This year they hired seven Bibb County High School students to work as youth apprentices. This program is designed for only high school students, and it is designed to build a partnership with the school system to develop future employees for the emerging GEICO workforce.
“This program allows GEICO to build upon its relationship with the local high schools while investing in the training and preparation of our high school students. We, at GEICO, are honored to be a part of this program," said. Melinda West of GEICO.
The YAP Coordinator, teachers and counselors identified and selected 19 students based on their educational goals and career objectives, Grade Point Averages, attendance, and discipline records to interview for the newly created positions. All students participated in a panel interview, which consisted of GEICO’s mangers and Human Resources personnel. Before students were offered the position, they had to complete all of the hiring steps required for any other potential GEICO applicant.
The seven students are: Yishmael Aguilar, Rutland High School; Kelvin Brooks, Rutland High School; Corey Childs, Rutland High School; Erika Daniely, Rutland High School; DaBresha Gary, Southwest High School; Ashanti Harris, Westside High School; and Che’Ohnnie Sapp, Northeast High School. Their first day was Monday, September 16.
“GEICO is delighted to partner with the local school districts and offer work opportunities to bright students who want to gain employment skills,” said Meredith Rosser, Director of Human Resources at GEICO.
The Youth Apprenticeship program has been in place since 1994. It is a component of the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Department led by Director Dr. Cassandra Miller-Washington, and provides an opportunity for students to connect classroom learning to “real world” work experience.
“I am so excited for this opportunity to partner with GEICO and provide students with 'real world' work experiences aligned to their career objectives as teenagers preparing for their future,” said Vonnie Angelo, YAP Coordinator for Bibb County. “This is an amazing opportunity for these students as they set the tone for this program.”
The seniors are excited about the experience and training they will receive at GEICO.
“This opportunity is very important to me. It will help me build the foundation for my future,” said Ashanti Harris, who is also joint-enrolled at Middle Georgia State College.
"This job opportunity has given me a variety of outlooks for the future. With this opportunity, I look like success and can improve myself by being a GEICO employee,” said senior Yishmael Aguilar.