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2018 School News June

Real-World Skills

One of the most common criticisms young people have about high school is that it doesn’t have anything to do with the “real world.” However, graduating students at Back Bay High School are unlikely to share this sentiment. That’s because Back Bay’s English teachers, Joel Flores and Tracy Camarano, have created a unique senior project graduation requirement: all students must learn how to write résumés and cover letters, complete a job application, and interview for a job before they can graduate. Partnering with Costa Mesa-based Youth Employment Services (YES), Back Bay students participated in mock job interviews with human resources representatives from various companies in Orange County and beyond. Many students shared the feelings of Will Vogt, who said, “It was definitely a challenge, but I have more confidence now.” Human resources representatives were impressed with many of Back Bay’s students. Some were invited to apply for jobs with these companies, and some of the human resources representatives offered to serve as references for the students. Thanks to Back Bay and YES, young people are feeling more confident and optimistic about the future.


Marc Trocchio


Back Bay & Monte Vista High Schools