CANYON, TX (KFDA) - As part of a new initiative, over 750 Canyon Independent School District seniors participated in mock interviews with community and business volunteers.
"I've had an opportunity to speak and interview with a lot of students, several of which I would be willing to take applications from today," said Dennis Rice Lieutenant for Randall County Sheriff's Office.
The district's seniors practiced their interview skills during their English classes.
"It's really comforting how much the teachers care about us and our success later after high school. Especially, the seniors, since we are so close to leaving, we need to be prepared for the real world," said Heather Davis Canyon High School Senior.
The mock interviews allowed students an opportunity to practice without penalty.
The students received feedback on appearance, poise, presentation, delivery, language and final impressions.
"If you mess up, that's what they're here for. They're here to help you and prepare me for when I do have to have a real interview," said Davis.
Volunteers said it's important to have relationships with local school districts.
"It's a partnership first, we need to be more involved in the school system. Hopefully attract our students to stay here locally and help businesses and organizations in the community," said Rice.
All students enrolled in the district spent time working on soft skills, for example, eye contact and professional dress.