Three chosen candidates from Family Centers' RITE (Reaching Independence Through Employment) Program spent their Thursday learning career development skills straight from professionals.
"It's a way to give them exposure to a corporate environment to let them see that, it's not so scary, there are all different types of people who work here and there are great opportunities," Jill Saverine, vice president of human resources at Priceline.
Employees at Priceline teamed-up with Family Centers for Job Readiness Day, to teach members in the Reaching Independence Through Employment program skills needed in the corporate environment at the company's headquarters in Norwalk.
"What we really liked about this opportunity was that it was a way for all of our employees to get involved by sharing their work experiences without actually having to go offsite to do it," said Saverine.
"We definitely have the resources to be able to provide these kind of events and we have a lot of volunteers," Eleana McNeill, Priceline product manger with customer conversion.
Candidates had the chance to go on mock interviews, participate in career counseling and shadow employees throughout the day.
"I was able to have that opportunity to kind of see how they're doing, how they're expanding, how they're reaching out to the community and also seeing the growth potential within the company itself," said Nikki Gwinn, Stamford resident.
Family Centers is a non-profit organization offering health, education, and human services to adults and children in the area. It has hosted Job Readiness Day for 6 years, previously teaming up with Crane Company in Stamford.
"We're always looking for more companies who are willing to partner with us and our clients understand that they're not being hired, they're not there to get a job, but they're there to help build their path and career plans," said Donna Spellman, Family Centers director of self-sufficiency and independent living.