For this year’s batch of Aircraft Structural Technology students eligible to apply for the co-op program at Robins Air Force Base, Program Chair Mike Skelley called in Career Services to assist the students with resume writing and interviewing. Career Services Director Tony Turner and Career Evaluator LaTasha Hutcherson went into the classroom and held an in-depth resume and interview skills workshop. The workshop initiated the students into the culture of RAFB and its hiring practices and gave them experience interviewing and writing a resume tailored to the job. Using the newly acquired Optimal Resume program, the workshop provided students practice in suitably communicating their acquired skills by tailoring a resume to the job description.
The team from Career Services followed up with the students by offering another workshop focused on interviewing, which included mock interviews. While the students’ average grade point average ranges from 3.5 to 4.0, interviewing does not always come naturally. The interviews also focused on the culture and language used in the federal government to better acclimate the students for interviewing. To illustrate the process better, CGTC’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner for 2011 and Aircraft Structural Technology student, Derek Seay, was a guest speaker at the workshop. Seay is currently employed at Robins as an Aircraft Sheet Metal Worker, a position gained from his education at CGTC.
The nature of the aircraft structural job market is naturally competitive. A significant number of students were selected from CGTC to participate in the program. The participants will receive full time employment at Robins AFB once they complete the program. The following fourteen students were accepted in the Co-op Sheet Metal program from CGTC:
Oscar Purvis, Bibb County
Tommy Gibson, Bibb County
David Dougherty, Bibb County
Gabriel Hewett, Crawford County
David Johnson, Bibb County
Erik Palmateer, Bibb County
Cody Pinnell, Bibb County
Brent Woodard, Jones County
Billy Johnson, Jones County
Brian Sanders, Twiggs County
Michelle Carver, Bibb County
Damon Cape, Jones County
Nicholas Kinchen, Houston County
Valerie Spencer, Bibb County
In addition to the students selected for the co-op program, the Career Services workshops also helped rising graduates get hired. In the past three months, Lockheed Martin has hired 12-15 recent CGTC graduates.