Jo Co Kids Learn Business Through New 4-H Program

Rachel Vardiman
Rachel Vardiman

A new program that pairs 4-H kids with local businesses to learn about the particular business and learn different skills associated with them is a success after the first two kids recently completed the program.

After meeting with the kids and businesses involved, the hope is to expand the numbers involved in the program this next year, according to Rachel Vardiman, 4-H Youth Educator with the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service's Johnson County Office. She explains more about the program.

The two kids involved this year were Alicia Downare, who worked at the Sports Lure; and Courtney Dyess, who worked at Western Reride.

The students must take their resume (after putting them together with the help of the program), approach the business they wish to work for and convince them to hire them, and then work 120 hours to complete the program.

At the end of their employment, both the employer and the student fill out questionnaires designed to find out what the student learned during the program, and the information is used to improve the program.

The program is open to any Johnson County student that wants to join 4-H. The kids must be signed up in 4-H for insurance purposes, but do not have to participate in any other 4-H programs to qualify.

Vardiman said kids interested in the program should look into it through their school, and get the packets filled out and returned because decisions will be made early in 2012.

The program is funded through grants and donations, and anyone interested in helping in any way or in need of more information can contact Vardiman at the UW Extension Office in Buffalo at 684-7522.

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