Tuesday, July 07, 2020 Deb McDermott, Director at Workforce Partnership of Shelby County, announced that Kelly Edwards had been hired to fill the newly created Career Coach position. In her new capacity Kelly will mentor Shelby County high school seniors whose post-graduation plans are to directly enter the workforce to help transition them into full-time employment. Kelly will work closely with both public and private high school counselors, as well with local industry Human Resource representatives to assess the current job market and skills needs.
The Career Coach position is a partnership between Workforce Partnership and the Shelby County United Way with a mission to provide students individualized support that focuses on workforce readiness while identifying local jobs that align with their personal goals and skills/aptitudes. This program aims to retain local talent and establish them in a direction that can lead to lifelong success. “This new position will better match the appropriate skill sets and competencies to our local company’s positions. In doing so, high school graduates will be placed with full time employment in positions that offer benefits and income growth potential. The Career Coach role and our partnership with Workforce Partnership will have a significant impact on the lives of our local graduates and the community.” Scott Barr, President, Shelby County United Way.
“We are excited to have Kelly as part of our team in this critical role,” said Deb McDermott. “Kelly brings 15 years of teaching experience and she demonstrates the ability to motivate students to be their best. She is a life-long resident of Shelby County who is committed to its growth and success”. Kelly lives in Anna with her husband and 3 children.