Ready to Work Courses
Work Readiness Certification
A series of five highly
interactive, engaging workshops targeted for young adults are 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. These workshops are a pre-requisite for
participation in TSS work-based learning programs. An Employment
Specialist attends every workshop and provides insight into obtaining
employment, helps develop student skill sets, and works with students
after the course completion to obtain employment.
Orientation and Job Skills
first in the workshop series, this course orients the student to the
full curriculum and lays out expectations. Students receive students a
portfolio folder, begin creating a resume, explore personal branding,
and discover what makes a good employee.
Employment and Experience
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
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
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.
session engages students in the interview process - practicing what
questions to ask and how to respond to questions. Students develop an
interview 'cheat sheet' and practice staying poised and focused during
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
All teens will be assigned a coach who will help the
teens complete an Action Plan for next steps in finding employment.
Coaches will work with their teens through the job search and placement
processes and will continue to support them for the first 90 days of
The RTW Coordinator attends every workshop, helps
students develop their skills sets, and works with the coaches to
support students to obtain employment.
ServSafe Food Handling Certification
by an industry professional in a supportive classroom setting, this
course uses PowerPoint and interactive activities to enhance learning.
Participation in this 4- hour course greatly increases the potential of
securing the certification needed to land a job in the food service
industry. This is a required course for any teen/young adult applying to
work with Teen Services' Lovin' Oven program.
Service Etiquette Training
two-hour, interactive workshop helps to build confidence and teamwork
skills while defining hospitality and workplace etiquette. Participants
leave with the skills they need to secure employment in hospitality,
catering, and fine dining. This is a required course for any teen/young
adult applying to work with Teen Services' Lovin' Oven program.
Introductory Knife Skills This
two-hour, hands-on includes the following modules: From Stone to Steel, The Anatomy of a Knife, Safety and Storage, and Basic French Knife Techniques.
Lead Server and Kitchen Captain Training Taught by a
professional chef, this workshop takes the participant's catering and
kitchen skills to the next level by preparing them to lead a working
team. Lead Server and Kitchen Captain are responsible for establishing
service standards on the jobsite. Participants are taught how to
motivate, encourage, and lead new staff; act as a resource to others;
provide guidance to dining room staff; and delegate duties with finesse.
This workshop prepares teens/young adults for a management position in
The Building Project: A Summer Vocational Welding, Blacksmithing, and Construction Pathway (with Hanna Boys Center)
Launched in the summer of 2017, the Building Project
provides opportunities for youth to gain valuable skills in high-demand career
pathways - specifically the construction sector.To learn more about the Building Project, click here
This is a collaborative event in partnership
with Teen Services Sonoma, Sonoma Valley High School, Sonoma Valley
Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Hanna Boys Center
and Boys & Girls Club that will help you identify community
business partners, understand what local employers are looking for and
practice your networking skills.