This is part of a regular series featuring a student and an employer involved in the Kokomo Area Career Center’s School-to-Work program. Any employer or student interested in the School-to-Work program should call James Stradling, KACC director, at 765-455-8021.
• Student’s name: Alaijah Johnson
• Parent: Rhonda Johnson
• High school: Kokomo High School junior
• Career plans: Child psychologist
• KACC instructor: Todd Saylor, culinary arts
• Internship placement: Arby’s, 411 Arrow St., Kokomo
• Supervisor: Angela Camp, general manager
Alaijah Johnson’s thoughts:
When I called to check on my application, I was interviewed and hired at Arby’s. I learned this job by shadowing my manager. My jobs include working the front line and the drive thru and operating the cash register. This job experience definitely is helping prepare me for the future because I know I have improved my communication skills and I have learned how to properly work with the public. My culinary arts class at the Kokomo Area Career Center also has been helpful because I enjoy cooking, but I wanted to learn the proper way to cook. I have used my food safety and food handling training from the career center while performing my duties at Arby’s.
Angela Camp’s comments:
At Arby’s, we are trying to be more involved by offering our community services when we can. ... The Kokomo Area Career Center work-study program is very helpful to us as employers because the students can come to work earlier in the day. This program also benefits the students because they can learn skills that will build into their future plans. Aliajah is learning time management and money-handling skills, while she also is improving her interpersonal skills both with the public and her Arby’s team members. Aliajah is an all-round young lady, who is willing to help wherever she is needed at Arby’s. Each day is different when you are dealing with people, so this will give Aliajah real-life experience for her future plans to become a child psychologist.