HAMMOND | On April 19, Exploring College and Careers eighth graders George Rogers Clark Middle School are fortunate to have the actual President of the Hammond Parks Department Art Peschke interview them for a mock job as a summer recreation assistant for the Hammond Parks and Recreation Department.
Art Peschke is not only the President of the Hammond Parks Department, but also he is the President of the Hammond Parks Foundation and Founder of the Wolf Lake Conservation Project which has been in place for 30 years. This life-long Hammond resident has also been involved with the Boy Scouts for over 30 years and is a member of both the American Legion Post 80 and the Whiting Elks Lodge 1273. Art Peschke believes in giving back to his community and is happy to help Clark students.
In order to make this capstone lesson as real as possible Art Peschke was asked by Clark’s ECC teacher Patty McKinley to conduct the interviews. This is a beneficial opportunity for the Clark students to showcase their job search skills and to network with an actual professional and a passionate community advocate.
Clark’s ECC students successfully completing this 18-week course earn a high school credit. These students learn how to match their interests and abilities to careers and their required secondary and post-seconding education. Because the workplace is constantly changing due to technology, global competition, and consumer demand, the traits needed for successful employment such as problem solving, teamwork, and self-management are practiced with the emphasis on technology.
A thriving employer demands creativity and analytical thinking. ECC is a course created to mentor students to develop the transferable skills necessary to stay adaptable and unique in order to stay employed.