Teacher Sterling Schubert, top left, hands out forms to fill out to students on June 8, 2005, the last day of the Montebello Town Center's We Care For Youth Job Training Program held at the mall.
...Sterling Schubert, a Schurr High School social studies and business teacher, has taught the mall's job-training class for the last four years.
Just before sending several students out for their interviews, Schubert
advised the students to take time to gather their thoughts and rehearse answers to possible questions.
"It's OK to be nervous it's not a big deal,' he
said."Especially when you're looking for your first job.'
As thousands of area teenagers leave the classroom behind this month and begin looking for their first part-time jobs, Schubert
said this program practically prepares students for the work force.
In addition to educating students about how the retail world works and how workers are affected by various workplace laws, a significant part of those preparations involve clearing away many of the students' misconceptions.
"The stuff that we take for granted is just completely alien to them,' said Schubert
, noting that the class includes a wide range of students.
Many plan to attend major universities.But others, including teen mothers, special education students, those failing regular high school classes and those in the English as a second language program might not have that opportunity.
"They don't realize how important it is to fill out an application neatly and completely,' Schubert