The ACES sponsors a prevocational instructional program in which students learn career related skills in addition to completing their academic requirements for graduation. The program emphasizes students obtaining the necessary skills to be successful in the work environment.
Many of those skills include mastery of the following areas: Business Operation, Business Math, Business Communication, Social Behaviors in the Workplace, Personal Management, Time Management, Independent Working Skills, Community Exploration and Vocational Skills in areas such as food handling, computer skills, business management, woodworking, auto mechanics, and small engines.
Students in the Jump Start Program are exposed to career opportunities through routine field trips to active work environments in the community where they are able to observe and participate.
The goals of the program include assisting the student in:
- Improving comprehension of "on the job" expectations in areas such as appearance, interaction with employers, dependability, and timely completion of tasks.
- Examining their personal attributes and how these characteristics affect their employability.
- Improving communication skills necessary for successful job acquisition such as applications, resumes, and interviews.
- Exploring personal talents and skills necessary for careers of interest.