7th graders prepare for the workforce

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Students at Stonewall Jackson Middle school take a new course to help them prepare for their future. The Roanoke Regional Camber and Junior Achievement partnered together to create a workforce development program. The 7th graders at Stonewall Jackson Middle and Read Mountain Middle School learn the importance of building a personal brand, career choice, and the difference between technical and soft skills.

"I like this program because it helps you plan for your future, money management, and helps you find your right career path," said Brianna Ramos, a 7th grader.

Organizers want to help students chart their path to success. "The business people wanted us to get kids while they are young," said Laura Elliott of Junior Achievement. "They are just beginning to think about working so they can get them into programs that help them become great employees. "

The organization hope to expand the program to more schools next year.