Ryan Gardner already learned a great deal about the work world by spending a year in the Culinary Arts program at Cecil's School of Technology.
Gardner now also works as an extra pair of hands in the school office at Rising Sun High.
"It's my second year here. And it's fun," said Gardner, who graduates in June. He explained that last year and this year he arranged his schedule so he would have a free period so he could help out at the school.
His job duties vary from day to day. He writes out passes for students who arrive late, signs students in and out, and provides tours for new students or those who need to find their way around.
"Halfway through the school year, you have people you like to deal with and some you always try to help anyway," said Gardner. "I like the skills I've learned here."
He also knows what he's not allowed to do. If a parent comes to pick up a child, they must provide identification. He defers that to paid staff.
"I've learned responsibility and respect. If you don't respect your authority or your peers you get kicked out (of the job as an aid)," he said.