The ICE program is designed to better prepare students to enter the work force through class participation as well as on the job training. Class time is spent discussing what employers expect from employees as well as what students can expect from their employers. Students receive training on job search strategies as well as career research. The role of health, attendance, and safety in the workforce is emphasized; along with skills of communication, math and computer literacy, and personal finance are also focuses of the class.
The on the job ICE training consists of local businesses, professional areas, and industry that work together to provide an educational work place for our students from DeKalb. Students attend a one hour class and three hours of on the job training per day in the ICE program. This program is designed to create a positive working environment between the community and DeKalb High School.
Patsy DePew has been selected as the ICE Student of the Month. Here is her ICE Story:
My name is Patsy DePew and I am a senior at DeKalb High School. I currently participate in the I.C.E. program at the high school, which allows me to work for half of the day and attend school for the other half. Being in I.C.E. and having a job has brought a positive meaning to me in many aspects. I have gained more confidence in myself, have better social skills, and learned more what it is like to be in the workforce. These aspects and much more has taught me experiences which I can take with me and use them as I go on in my life.
The business I am currently working for is Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings in Auburn, Indiana. Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings is a friendly, great atmospheric coffee shop. The coffee shop is located on Ninth Street, right across the street from Martha’s Popcorn. My job is a barista- I make and craft drinks such as coffee, smoothies, variety types of drinks with coffee (espresso) in them, etc. I also take orders and prepare foods such as pastries and lunch items. The biggest part of working there is interacting with the customers- gaining their trust and friendship and of course- with something to drink.
Before joining the I.C.E. program and having a job, my life was a bit different. My dad passed away in May of 2012 and I went to live with my grandparents because of certain circumstances. Junior year went along and was time to sign up for senior year. I had enough credits to graduate but technically I still needed to finish up English 12 and Government and Economics. My grandpa and several friends told me to sign up for the I.C.E. program because they knew I would be great in the program. I signed up for the program and I later got a follow up with Mr. Everingham saying I was one of the top candidates for the program.
Ever since being in the program, I have learned so much about work life and about myself. I have learned about time and money management while being a part of the program. I have learned skills that I could use throughout my life time. I have learned that I am a stronger person than I thought I was. I am not shy to speak in front of strangers or big crowds, nor am I afraid to express who I am. Work, school (taking a college class) and extra-curricular activities such as marching band has got me to work