Employees become principal for a day, teaching students about workforce

News 12 This Morning/Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013

(WRDW)--"I'm a little anxious, it's been a long time since I've been in an elementary school for an entire day!" said Brandon Haddock, director of communication at EZ GO.

Now, Haddock's back in school not as a student--but as a principal.

He's spending the day at Westmont Elementary as part of Columbia County's "Principal for a Day."

It's an initiative brought on by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's Workforce and Education Committee--to do just that: bring the community's schools and businesses together.

"I need to get an idea of what they're wanting in an employee and I would love for them to see what we do in our schools now because it is so different than what you and I went through in school," said Tami Flowers, principal at Westmont.

"The kids who are in these schools today are going to be the workforce of tomorrow," Haddock said. "They're going to be the employees at EZ GO, they're going to be the employees at all the other companies in our area. And so we need to make sure they're prepared."

So part of Haddock's day as Principal includes sharing best practices and getting a better understanding of the difficulties students and teachers at Westmont work to overcome.

"I'm certain that there are practices that we can provide to the schools to help them and I'm certain there are also things that we can learn from being here in the environment and not just learning from the teachers and administration at the schools, but frankly, also from the kids," said Haddock.

As a Title I school, Flowers tells me students there already get some in-depth learning about workforce options with the national Career Clusters framework.

But she says she hopes bringing a real-life example into the classroom will further inspire her students.

"If they have have a target goal then they're going to work harder and they're going to see the sense in learning what needs to be learned in school," she said.

Fourteen other schools in Columbia County joined Westmont Elementary in participating in principal for a day, ranging from elementary to high schools.

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