Man’Jaz White watched as enthusiastic teens strutted their stuff down the runway at a recent fashion show hosted at Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) in Franklin. They weren’t wearing Prada and Gucci, but they did show off the hottest trends for emerging professionals.
“It was a really good experience being able to see and learn what you should and shouldn’t wear to an interview,” says Man’Jaz, a student from Southampton High School who won best “worst” example of what to wear to an interview. She walked the runway with a short black and white striped skirt with a black tank top.
The fashion show was just one aspect of the services and programs that Opportunity Inc. provides for area residents between ages 14 and retirement. This particular activity was hosted by students in Opportunity Inc.’s new youth program, which serves current juniors and seniors, is located at PDCCC in Franklin. Franklin and its surrounding rural counties face many challenges including unemployment.
The Emerging Scholars program provides students with opportunities to take college courses, participate in paid internships and build job readiness skills such as how to write a resume.