Mustang Education Center Hosts First Ever “Mock Interviews” For High School Students
(Mustang, Oklahoma – March 4, 2020) – When Principal Daryl Williamson took the helm at the Mustang Education Center (MEC) this year, he knew he was about to lead a very special establishment and wanted to pull in as many people as he could. On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, he took a giant step toward that goal by hosting “mock interviews” for the high school students who attend MEC for credit recovery.
The MEC has been fortunate to have a Community Advisory Board (CAB), composed of community and business leaders from around Mustang, for the past several years. Last year, this group participated in a Community Forum for the high school students, but this year, Mr. Williams had a vision for more. At the fall meeting of the CAB, he asked for volunteers for a revised forum that would allow increased student interaction, and called it a “mock interview session.” The response was great, and the school district even used its social media platforms to recruit volunteers to interview students.
“The soft skills, such as interviewing, are ones that our kids need the most practice with,” Principal Williamson said. “I wanted to find a way to incorporate the CAB and the greater community at large to help our students with these skills. The staff and I put our heads together, and this was the result.” Eight tables lined the interview room, the schools storm shelter and indoor recess for Pre-K students, which was filled with a buzz of excitement. Numerous community volunteers signed up for shifts to interview the almost 60 students in attendance and give them practice at one of the most important skills that they will need after graduation. “It is our goal for this initiative to grow in a manner that helps both our students, and our local businesses. We have a strong community filled with wonderful people and role-models. It is so good for our students to be around positive influences like them. We have so many outstanding businesses with great employment opportunities, and we wanted our students to have the chance to see and possibly be a part of them.”
“We are very thankful to the community for their response and support, former MEC Principal and now District Director of Communications, Kirk Wilson said. “I am so proud of Daryl and these kids. What we are seeing here today is real life learning, and it would not be possible without the great people involved.”
About The Mustang Education Center
The Mustang Education Center, or MEC as it is called, is a unique building that, since its opening in 2003, houses a half-day PreKindergarten Program for three/four year olds and an Alternative Education Program for high school students. This former nursing facility was purchased by the District from a federal housing department for $10 and remodeled for its current use. The building serves more than 300 students on a daily basis, and also provides office space for the District Psychologists.
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers 69 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 certified and support employees. Voted one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces for the past two years, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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