Frontier Coop, in partnership with the East Butler Foundation and East Butler School, rolled out a pilot work experience program in spring 2016. East Butler Foundation brought forth the idea to Frontier Coop, and the administration of East Butler. The goal of all parties involved was for the school and local business to work together for the benefit of the community. Frontier Coop embraced the idea and worked out the details to initiate the proposal. The program exposed East Butler juniors and seniors to real-life work experiences, including resume building, interviewing, job performance, evaluation and completion of work assignments. If the work experience was completed to Frontier Coop’s expectations, the company would award the student a $1,000.00 scholarship for continuing education.
Staff members at East Butler helped students with the job application and resume completion, along with interview skills. All students interested submitted an application and resume and were interviewed by Frontier Coop. Frontier Coop hired Carli Clark, a 2016 East Butler graduate, for the 8-week program. Clark worked at various Frontier Coop locations, getting exposure to different career opportunities, from careers in agronomy and grain to feed nutrition and marketing, among others. “I was able to see many different career opportunities within agriculture, and it helped me in choosing my career path,” says Clark. Clark is currently in her first year at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebr., and hopes to transfer to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study livestock nutrition and feeds, pursuing a career in this field.
“The program exceeding our expectations, and Carli did a very nice job in representing Frontier Coop and completing her expected duties throughout the 8-week program,” says Brabec. “It is our hope that we can expand this program to involve other communities that Frontier serves.”