JMG Students Gain Real Life Value from Mock Interviews at Whirlpool Corporation

BENTON HARBOR — The value of having a Fortune 500 company in the neighborhood was in clear evidence today for 37 students from across Michigan’s Great Southwest as they were able to test their mettle in a series of mock interviews thanks to volunteers at Whirlpool Corporation.

If you’re going to hone your interviewing skills, knowing that the job application process can make or break your chances for a bright future, who better to learn from than world class employees at the top of their own game.

Earlier today, Wednesday, April 25th, some 37 students from the Kinexus Bridge Academy and Benton Harbor, Hartford, Dowagiac Union  and Ross Beatty High Schools participated in a half day of mock interviews and workplace tours with the help of 18 Whirlpool Corporation volunteers.

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First Impressions Matter

BENTON HARBOR — Robert Opande found time to practice his interviewing skills in a professional setting Wednesday.

And he wasn’t alone.

Along with 37 other students, Opande took part in Mock Interview Day at Whirlpool Corp.’s Riverview Campus in Benton Harbor. The mock interviews are part of an annual collaboration between Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates and Whirlpool’s employee resource group known as the FOCUS Network.

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Benton Harbor Students Sworn in at Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Ceremony

BENTON HARBOR — Tori Daniel was extremely shy before joining the Jobs for Michigan Graduates program at Benton Harbor High School.

She didn’t like talking to people and could barely say her name in front of a room full of people. All that changed when she joined the JMG program four years ago.

“I know what I want to do now and am more open to people,” Daniel said.

Daniel was among dozens of Benton Harbor students who gathered at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday for JMG’s Initiation and Installation Ceremony.

The I&I Ceremony served as a formal introduction that gave student members the opportunity to make a public declaration of their willingness to belong to the program.