Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil may not have seen his shadow on Friday, but various employees around our community saw their shadows by participating as mentors in Groundhog Job Shadow Day.
The Liberty County School System and numerous businesses across the area partnered to provide job shadow opportunities for more than 50 high school students in their career field of interest.
Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High juniors and seniors made application to participate in this year’s activity. Through coordinated efforts of Liberty County High counselor Judy Sapp and Bradwell Institute teachers Connie Bragg, Lauren Drury and Pamela Woodard, workplace mentors were recruited to match to students’ specific career interest.
As part of the national initiative sponsored through Junior Achievement, the Coastal Empire Tech Prep Consortium, and national title sponsor ING, students were provided an opportunity to “shadow” a workplace mentor as a school-sponsored activity.
Although the campaign kicks off on Groundhog Day, it is part of a year-long initiative to provide a work-based learning activity and networking opportunity for high school students.
“Across the country, job shadowing has proven to be an effective way to motivate students by showing them how academics are applied to the workplace,” Elise C. Stafford, chief long-term care officer at Coastal Manor, said. “It is a great way for us to introduce students to a variety of careers in the healthcare field.”
“We are delighted to be a part of this initiative,” Steve Wilmoth, superintendent of Liberty County Schools. “We hope that the alliances formed with local businesses will open doors to some wonderful opportunities for our students.”
To find out more about job shadowing opportunities or to become involved, contact Sonja Duncan, Liberty County Schools, at 876-4957 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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