Over 300 grade 8 students will be adding hands-on life lessons to their curriculum as they gather at Blue Mountain Resort on Tuesday, May 9 for the first ever Grade 8 Adventure Day. Six local schools will be participating in what the Resort is hoping will be an on-going opportunity to engage with local youth. Spearheaded by Blue Mountain’s Human Resources team, Grade 8 Adventure day will include activities developed to expose students to the wide range of job opportunities available at Blue.
“We have been given this amazing opportunity to expose our students to what their community has to offer,” comments Patti Fedorco, a grade eight teacher at Cameron Street Public School. “These students, who are at a pivotal point in their lives, are lucky to be able to live in an area they can work and play.”
Students will also have the chance to learn about and discuss the transition from elementary school into high school including having a job for the first time. Facilitated by Human Resources and Public Speaking professionals, the day will be an opportunity for students to discover strategies for navigating this next stage of life while experiencing the offerings at the area’s largest employer.
“I feel that these local young people are the future of our community and of our Resort,” says VP, Human Resources, Lesley Biffin. “As the area’s largest employer, it is our responsibility to engage local youth and teach them about having a job, how to participate in a successful job interview, and how to write an impressive resume. These are basic life skills that can only be learned in practice. This event will provide a starting point for this type of learning as well as opportunities to showcase what job options exist for 14 to 15 year old students as they begin entering their working life.”
Blue Mountain, a four-season destination, employees up to 2,000 employees during peak seasons. Job opportunities at the resort vary from full-time, permanent professions to part-time seasonal jobs. Students have always been a significant part of the employee network at Blue.
“The grade eight students at Cameron Street Elementary are fortunate to attend a school in such a caring and connected community,” notes Troy Comish, Principal at Cameron Street. “Blue Mountain plays a pivotal role in our community by providing a vast array of recreational and employment opportunities. This year, through the Grade 8 Adventure Day, Blue Mountain has taken the initiative to expose our students to the possibilities they offer through employment in an informative, exciting and interactive way. This type of partnership between school and community partners is essential to support our students through their transition planning as they look forward to and plan their bright futures.”
This is the first of what Blue Mountain hopes will be an on-going event for local students. Community members who want to learn more about the Grade 8 Adventure Day can contact Lesley Biffin at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bluemountain.ca for more information about job opportunities at Blue.