Pictured from left are (front row) Samantha Meyers and Autumn Herber (Express Employment), Patti Darbo (WSHS Work Experience Program coordinator), Emily Alden (WAPS student), (second row) Kaliyah Delmore, Dominic Knutsen and Lilly Haessig (WAPS students), Colleen Schueller (WAPS job coach), Josh Ploetz (CareerForce), (third row) Keyawn Burton and Andre Herron (WAPS students), and Bruce Morken (WAPS job coach).

Express donates $3K to WAPS Work Experience Prog.


Express Employment Professionals, along with its franchise location in Winona, is donating $3,000 to the Winona Area Public Schools Foundation for the Work Experience Program, which provides job-readiness training for youth.

The donation is part of Brand It Blue Initiative through the company’s philanthropic committee, designed to give back to nonprofits nominated by franchisees among their more than 800 franchise locations.

The Work Experience Program is offered through Winona Senior High School in collaboration with the CareerForce (formerly Workforce Center) Youth & Young Adult Program. The students earn school credit and a paycheck for doing a job and gaining work skills in the community. The motto is “Working to Learn — Learning to Work.” It is based on the idea that people learn best when they directly apply subject matter to real-life situations. This program provides job-readiness training for youth, helps the students gain work experience, as well as introduces them to career pathways. Research has shown that the number-one predictor of future success in the workforce is early exposure to work experience. Work readiness training focuses on the basics that employers expect: attendance, punctuality, teamwork, communication skills, and problem-solving.


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