French Camp Academy Launches Work Program for High School Students to Gain Real Work Experience

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French Camp Academy, in French Camp, Mississippi, a Christian boarding school, launched a work program for high school students to gain work experience. The troubled youth program introduces them to different types of work and new job skills to provide a portfolio of experiences for presentation during job interviews.

French Camp Academy, a Mississippi based Christian boarding school, announces a revitalized work program for high school students. Now, families can provide their young person with a quality boarding school education in Mississippi, help them gain real work skills and a portfolio of experiences to present during job interviews. Information about French Camp Academy can be found at

Students receive an introduction to different types of work and gain new job skills. By graduation, students gain enough experiences to present during job interviews, highlighting their ability and great attitude to potential employers. Students learn the concepts of good work ethics, including promptness, diligence and respect that will prepare them for entering college, work life or the military.

“Our work program has always set us apart from other schools,” says Lance Ragsdale, Vice President of Development. “The new work program lets each student rotate through 4 campus areas each year, increasing their experiences, skills, and adaptability to different jobs and supervisors.”

At French Camp Academy,, students assist in guest reservations, set up displays in the thrift store, and help customers at the gift shop. Girls push lawn mowers and stack firewood while boys prep and serve food in the dining hall. French Camp Academy’s work program develops skills for at-risk youth while helping them discover their gifts and talents in a safe environment to provide a foundation for success.

One student had this to say about the new work program: “This year I was in the dining hall the first 9 weeks, and I was instructed in safe food preparation and budget management, as well as cleaning and serving. This quarter, I am on a different work crew. I am learning phone etiquette, basic photography, layout design and data entry. Sometimes change isn’t good, but this is a good thing.”

Another student in the pottery studio commented, “This is not work, it is fun!”

The new work program provides job descriptions and evaluation forms to best prepare students for real world work experience. Students learn how to present the skills they gain through French Camp Academy’s coed boarding school work program into a resume for presentation to prospective employers. In the past, employers recognized the solid work ethic of French Camp Academy graduates.

Ragsdale said, “Personnel issues seem to be one of the biggest complaints that I hear among employers. I am grateful that French Camp Academy is working hard to deliberately cultivate a work ethic in the next generation of employees. I am privileged to be part of it.”

Go to French Camp Academy’s website at to learn more about the Mississippi boarding school, their work program, ministry to troubled youth and families, and see a tour of the campus.

About French Camp Academy

French Camp Academy, in French Camp, Mississippi is an interdenominational Christian boarding school and home for troubled youth from first through twelfth grades, existing to serve young people and their families who are experiencing difficulty in their lives with a Christ-centered, safe, secure place providing a quality education and real work experience.


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