French Camp Academy offers a unique work program that has a dual purpose. It provides each boarding student the opportunity to help pay for a Christian education by supplementing tuition and gifts, and serves as a valuable tool for establishing relationships, building character, teaching skills, and preparing young people for future schooling, training and employment.
Each boarding student participates in the work program or another activity from 3:30 – 5:00 each weekday and from 9:00 – 12:00 on Saturday mornings. Day students may also request to be part of the work program. For 9 weeks a student trains in an area and then transfers to a new work venue for the next 9 weeks. This exposes the student to different staff members and develops many skill sets.
Some of the skill development opportunities are in radio broadcasting, horse care, building maintenance and management, clerical skills, photography, quilting and needlework, pottery, grounds keeping, woodworking, mechanics, photography, graphic design, and construction projects. Student comment on work program
Another component introduces juniors and seniors to resumé writing, interview skills, and exploring career fields.
French Camp Academy is working hard to deliberately cultivate a work ethic in the next generation of employees. Through the years, employers have commented that the work component of FCA has proven effective in developing dependable employees.