Communication will be the topic when the Work Ready job skills program holds its second workshop Saturday. This weeks' workshop will once again be held at the SpringHill Suites Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

The communication workshop will be presented by Ridgecrest Police Captain Ryan Marrone, along with fellow Leadership Ridgecrest team member Michelle Lemke who works as Human Resources Administrator at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Both have a demonstrated passion for communication and its importance to success in the workforce and in life.

Marrone is a long-time resident of Ridgecrest. He moved here in 2000 to start his career with RPD. Since then, Marrone has worked his way through the ranks and was recently promoted to police captain in December. He enjoys traveling around the world (United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Australia) and spending time with his family.

Marrone said he is very excited to be a member of Leadership Ridgecrest. He added that he thought he knew almost everything about the community, but during this journey, he has learned so much more about the community, its leaders and the many places he has visiting during Leadership Ridgecrest.

See an upcoming edition of the Daily Independent for more about Marrone's co-instructor Michelle Lemke.
The Work Ready Program is designed to fill young people in on those all-important soft skills necessary to succeed in the modern workplace. The program will instruct high school juniors and seniors in the skills they need to transition to becoming young professionals.

The program is part of Leadership Ridgecrest, a nine-month program sponsored by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and designed to cultivate and prepare local leaders. (Full disclosure: Jessica Weston from the Daily Independent is taking part in this program.)

The Work Ready Program consists of six workshops taught over five Saturdays. All workshops will be held from 10 to 2 at the Springhill Suites in Ridgecrest. Lunch will be provided by local restaurants. Workshops are free to qualified applicants. Participants will be given instructional workbooks they can keep for future reference.

Remaining workshops are as follows:

April 14 ― Communication
April 21 ― Teamwork and Networking
May 5 ― Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
May 12 ― Professionalism

Attendance at all five sessions is not necessary to participate. Certificates will be given for completion, including partial completion. This certificate can be used to alert local employers that the recipient is a top-notch job candidate with professional work training.

Work Ready Program Workshops will be held at the Springhill Suites. The program is open to approved applicants. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to show up Saturday and fill out an application. Call 760-793-4284 for more information.