Students start off the year with an Employer kickoff. They continue the year with soft skills training, industry-specific training, tours and real interviews that will lead the students to pathways such as full-time employment, short-term training, apprenticeships or an associate degree. At the end of the year, we celebrate that our high school graduates are “ready to work”.

“I feel like every student should take advantage of this program before they graduate high school. Because it isn’t just about a career, it isn’t just about whether or not I want to go to college or whether or not I want to go to work. We learn life skills.”

Dawn Howard, Ready to Work Teacher at Vincent High School.

What does the High School
Ready to Work Program cover?

Curriculum & Credentials

Students go through AIDT soft skills training. Students will focus on communication skills, workplace behavior all the way to money management. Students will always learn about specific industries such as the manufacturing, healthcare, automotive and hospitality industries. With employer presentations, industry tours and virtual tours. Students will get a close look of relevant industries in their area.

With successful completion of the High School Ready to Work Program our students will earn:

  • The Alabama Certified Work Certification
  • National Career Readiness Certification
  • 1 free course at any school in the Alabama Community College System

Act Work Keys

  • Applied Math
  • Work Place Documents
  • Graphic Library

Technology Basics

  • Document Management
  • Information Curation/Working Online
  • Social Networking
  • Virtual Team Tools
  • Productivity Tools


  • Budgeting Fundamentals
  • Setting up a Checking Account
  • Using a Checking Account
  • Maintaining a Checking Account


  • Nonverbal Skills
  • Verbal Skills
  • Working in Teams

Workplace Behavior

  • Diversity
  • Workplace Violence
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Workplace Ethics
  • Safety

Problem Solving

  • Six-Step Problem Solving
  • Problem-Solving Strategies & Tools
  • Structured Decision-Making
  • Time Management
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict Resolution

Job Prep

  • Career Exploration Tools
  • Job Application
  • Resume Writing
  • Interviewing

Throughout our program year, RTW curates a variety of events that cater to our employers, community partner, educators and students.

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