Ready to Work Course


This series of highly interactive, engaging workshops targeted for teens is taught by industry professionals. The classes focus on preparation for the working world and cover topics ranging from general employment behavior to advanced networking skills. This course is a prerequisite for both of TSS's paid work experience opportunities. 

Orientation and Job Skills

The first in the workshop series, this course orients the student to the full curriculum and lays out expectations. Students receive a portfolio folder, begin creating a resume, explore personal branding, and discover what makes a good employee.

Employment and Experience

This interactive session will discuss business standards, where and how to get a job, the hiring process, job applications, and company branding. Students continue to build their resumes.

Resume/ Application Process

This workshop goes beyond the format of the resume and discusses in detail what a hiring manager or corporate recruiter is looking for, how and why to create targeted resumes, and the importance of the application process. The student develops a working resume using a resume template and practices filling out a job application.

Money Management and Interview Attire

This session examines all aspects of money management including paychecks, personal checks, taxes, and the importance of saving. Students practice creating a personal budget, discuss proper dress attire for employment, and complete their resumes.



Sonoma Valley business professionals participate in this session, providing students with exposure to the interview process. Students receive feedback during this mock interview practice. While the intent is practice, many of the businesses have open positions and are looking for teens to hire.

Job Coaches

All graduates have access to a coach who help the teens complete an Action Plan for next steps in finding employment. Coaches work with their teens through the job search and placement processes and continue to support them for the first 90 days of employment.

The RTW Coordinator attends every workshop, helps students develop their skills sets, and works with the coaches to support students to obtain employment.  


Our thanks to our 2019/20 supporters of Ready to Work:

Joelle Smith and SHENOMA
Vadasz Family Foundation
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley
Sonoma Valley High School
Creekside High School
Jonas Family Foundation
Sonoma Speedway Children's Charities
Umpqua Bank
US Bank