Mornings at school and afternoons at the office is the daily routine of the ten girls currently enrolled in the office occupations program at Maine South.
These senior girls are interested in doing some type of office work as a career. They attend school in the morning, and at the end of fifth or sixth period report to their job at one of the business establishments participating in the program.
Mrs. Mary Feltenstein, teacher--coordinator of the program, places the girls in their jobs and views their progress.
Class gives background
Each of the girls participates in the office occupations related course at school. This class gives the girls a background in behavior and attitudes expected in the business world as well as teaching them practical business techniques.
"The office occupations program is a training program designed to give selected students a headstart on a career," Mrs. Feltenstein emphasized. "It is important that a girl choose her career wisely. Statistics say the average woman spends 28 years of her life working in her career."
Step toward future
"This class is especially valuable because employers invariably ask job applicants what experience they have had," she continued. "The senior year in this program can be a valuable experience and the stepping stone toward that future career."
Donna Buhr is employed at the Wood Library Museum in Park Ridge, which contains information about anesthesiology. She does typing and filing in the library Monday through Friday. After graduation Donna plans to work as a key punch operator at IBM.
Protection Mutual Insurance employs Mary Daley as a general office worker. She plans to continue working at the company after graduation.
Bonnie Hoffman does secretarial work for Luther and Pedersen Inc., a machine-tool firm. Bonnie stated, "The first year after graduation I plan to work during the day and attend junior college at night. After that I hope to go to college full time."
Federal Pacific Electric employs Pat Hopewell in the data processing department. Pat feels she is benefiting from the program."When I apply for a job I will have had one year of experience."
Connie Kowalewski is the student employee at the Federal Aviation Agency. She works 16 hours a week typing, filing, and taking shorthand. After graduation she has been offered a full-time job at the agency. She commented, "This program is a great idea--it helps a girl to get started in a job."