MODESTO — Area students looking for work will need to go through basic training first.
Modesto City Schools and the Stanislaus County Office of Education will hold their third annual Youth Job Fair on April 22. But to attend, all students first must register for the preceding third annual boot camp on April 16.
This year, attendance at the boot camp is mandatory. Some 30 vendors, primarily restaurants and retail businesses, will be hiring and handing out information at the job fair.
The four-hour boot camp is a day of job-skills workshops that will give students tips on everything from dressing appropriately to interview techniques and leadership skills. The boot camp has been offered the past two years, but this is the first year it will be required for students who want to attend the job fair.
"What the boot camp does is help prepare students for the job fair," said Madie Herrera, the event coordinator for Modesto City Schools. "They'll be ready for work afterward. We want them to be ready for success."
The boot camp and fair are open to all students in Modesto or SCOE schools or programs. Vendors including Taco Bell, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, Safeway and Pier 1 will be on hand to accept applications. There will be a computer bank at the event to allow students to apply online as well.
Last year, some 1,000 students attended. This time, organizers expect about 400 participants. Both events are free.
The boot camp will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 16 at the Maddux Youth Center, 615 Sierra Drive, and the fair will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 22 at the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St.
For more information, call Vicki Trask of SCOE at (209) 652-1252 or Jorge Perez of Modesto City Schools at (209) 595-9654.