17, 2016, in Arlington. Highland Park won the game 16-7. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News) By Alan Peppard , Dallas Morning News Contact Alan Peppard on Twitter: @AlanPeppard A week before Christmas, when the Class 5A Division I high school football state championship game was almost complete, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene, looked down from their suite at AT&T Stadium. On the sidelines, their grandson, Highland Park quarterback John Stephen Jones, was at the center of a sea of blue and yellow jerseys. When the clock hit zero, the Scots had beaten the Temple Wildcats 16-7. Students rushed the field. Within moments, the quarterback was deep in the arms of his elated father. Stephen Jones wrapped his son in a bear hug. As TV cameramen closed in, he whispered words of love in his son’s ear, then pulled away and yelled triumphantly, “Are you kiddin’ me?” John Stephen’s mother, Karen Jones, cried and hugged her son, the youngest of four children.
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Beyond making change, the Rise Up program includes how to balance a cash drawer and checking for counterfeit currency. Employees also need to understand how stores and online sites work together, use up-to-date handhelds to check inventory, and solve customer-service issues. “It’s crisp, clear lessons,” said James Rhee, CEO of clothing chain Ashley Stewart, which is among the retailers including HSN Inc. that will give the credential weight in their hiring. “It’s not just about buying and selling. It’s extremely service-oriented, but it’s extremely more quantitative and it’s all about the innovation of technology.” The program offers 30 to 40 hours of classroom training or 15 hours of online training, and will be administered through nonprofit groups and public education partners. interview skills in qualitative researchThe overall cost is $50, but many students will be able to get subsidies. The retailers involved are encouraging local nonprofits or high schools to start using it. Some might fund groups in areas where they’re having a hard time hiring skilled workers. Some may use it to replace or supplement their own training. How much of an impact this first industry credential could have remains to be seen.
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