Last Friday, the first-annual Job Olympics was held in Chillicothe and featured students from six area schools. Job Olympics is an event that highlights functional academic students’ abilities. Students sign-up for two events and are scored for professional dress, interview and job application skills. Participants can choose from the following events, during which they are able to demonstrate work skills in the Life Skills setting: dishwashing, custodial skills, silverware sorting, stocking shelves, paper-shredding, pet care and more. The goal is to achieve high personal scores for the day.

“For the past three years, we have participated in a Job Olympics competition in Liberty and saw that the day was so rewarding for all involved. We felt that our students' skills should be displayed for local employers by bringing a Job Olympics to Chillicothe,” Amanda Marsh, life Skills instructor, said. “It is so important that our community sees that these students have excellent employable skills so that they can transition into a vocation after high school.”

The event was held Friday, March 29 at the First Baptist Church with 47 students and 50 volunteers attending. Schools participating included; Chillicothe, Grand River Technical School, Gallatin, Carrollton, Trenton and Maryville.

Kari Keller and Amanda Marsh recently received a $500 Chillicothe Educational Foundation mini grant for the 2019 Job Olympics