The FSDB Career Development Department selects a Student Employee of the Month each month. Students in the after-school campus work program will be chosen based on their excellent work ethic in their respective paid positions on campus after school.
For February, we are recognizing Kenneth Jacques, a junior in the Blind Department who works as a Food Service Worker. Here is what his supervisor, Dessie Oxendine, had to say about Kenneth:
The reason why I am choosing Kenneth Jacques for Employee of the Month is because he is a bright young man. He is very respectful and is never late for work. He likes to try different tasks and is very helpful. He has learned how to serve the serving lines and does well with cleaning dishes and taking out the trash.
Employee Spotlight Interview with Kenneth
Why did you want to work for Food Services?
I wanted to work in Food Services because it is a good way to get experience for the real world.
How do you balance your career and education?
It is hard to balance them at first, but once you get used to it, it becomes more of a schedule rather than just a hobby. It becomes second nature through discipline.
What advice do you have for students who want to work on campus?
I'd say it's good to start as early as possible so that you can get the work experience. Always communicate with your supervisor. Always cash your checks on time too.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
The most challenging part would be the hours. When you get into work and some days you do not want to do it, but you have to force yourself. It is more of a have-to rather than a want to because in the real world, you have to have a job and a place to live.
What do you like most about your job?
I like the experience and my co-workers. It is fun to work with my co-workers and learn new things that I would not have otherwise
What are your plans after FSDB?
I'm planning to save up to get an apartment and probably go to UNF to pursue a global career or finance entrepreneurship. I have a lot of ideas, but I'm not sure yet.
If you could choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My mom's brown rice and black beans.
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Shaquille O'Neil because he is a big businessman outside of being a big NBA player. I could learn a lot from him.
If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose and why?
Being indestructible so that you don't get hurt. Nothing would attack me.
About the After School Campus Work Program
The FSDB After School Campus Work Program provides additional Career Development opportunities to FSDB students (16+) through a structured campus work program delivered outside the academic day. Students 16 years of age or older will have the opportunity to apply for vacant positions. Students go through a competitive hiring process. They review job postings that include a detailed job description, essential functions, and qualifications.
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school in historic St. Augustine, available to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. The FSDB experience gives students the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. Early intervention and outreach services are also available throughout the state of Florida. Private donations help to support programs that directly benefit students which are not covered by state funds. To inquire about enrollment, contact Parent Services at 904-827-2212 or 904-201-4527 VP. To schedule a campus tour, contact Outreach Services at bit.ly/fsdbtours. For more information, visit fsdbk12.org.