Ground­hog Job Shadow Day

Area busi­nesses in­vite stu­dents to view their work

The Covington News - - School Beat - By Jenny Thompson

Mem­bers of the New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce and Board of Ed­u­ca­tion col­lab­o­rated to co­or­di­nate a job shadow day for high school se­niors Fri­day.

Al­most 40 busi­ness mem­bers of the cham­ber vol­un­teered to par­tic­i­pate in Fri­day’s pro­gram — the first of its kind for New­ton County.

Shan­non Davis, cham­ber eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, said the day was meant to em­u­late Ju­nior Achieve­ment’s Na­tional Ground­hog Job Shadow Day and show busi­nesses their fu­ture work­force. “It’s mostly about putting stu­dents in touch with our re­sources in the com­mu­nity and show­ing them that what they’re learn­ing in the class­room is ben­e­fi­cial in the work­force,” Davis said.

She added hope­fully stu­dents will want to work in the county or re­turn to the county af­ter col­lege.

Cyn­thia Marvel, New­ton County School Sys­tem ca­reer re­lated ed­u­ca­tion youth ap­pren­tice­ship co­or­di­na­tor, said the board of ed­u­ca­tion agreed with the cham­ber on the event’s mis­sion.

“Job shad­ow­ing pro­vides a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for all stu­dents, of­fer­ing the op­por­tu­nity for an up-close look at the real world of work,” Marvel said. “As our stu­dents job shadow ca­reer men­tors in their places of work they are ex­posed to all as­pects of spe­cific job as­sign­ments and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

She added stu­dents were nom­i­nated by their teach­ers and matched by their in­ter­ests to a vol­un­teer­ing busi­ness.

The Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County hosted three high school stu­dents Fri­day. Arts as­so­ci­a­tionEx­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bun­cie Lan­ners said she dis­cussed her or­ga­ni­za­tion’s work with the stu­dents as well as the

Help­ing out: dif­fer­ences be­tween non-profit and for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“Ms. Bun­cie ex­plained to us that ev­ery­thing you could ever do in life would be bet­ter if you could take busi­ness classes,” said Ben Oravec, East­side High School se­nior.

Lan­ners said no mat­ter what ca­reer stu­dents in­tended to pur­sue, a busi­ness back­ground would help steer them to­ward suc­cess.

Oravec said his ul­ti­mate goal would be to be­come a pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian, which he said knowl­edge of busi­ness would greatly sup­port.

Lan­ners said she would of­fer a com­pli­men­tary ticket to the stu­dents to any spring event of their choice so they could ex­pe­ri­ence the end re­sult of the arts as­so­ci­a­tion’s hard work to or­ga­nize events.

As a mother of a high school ju­nior and col­lege fresh­man, Lan­ners said ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity’s youth is ex­tremely im­por­tant to her.

“I know th­ese years are piv­otal to dis­cov­er­ing what paths you want to ex­plore into adult- hood,” Lan­ners said.

Marvel said through job shad­ow­ing stu­dents not only are able to in­crease their knowl­edge of the skills nec­es­sary in cer­tain ca­reers but also to make more in­formed de­ci­sions about their fu­tures.

“We greatly ap­pre­ci­ate all our com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pants and the Cham­ber of Com­merce for their help in co­or­di­nat­ing Ground­hog Job Shadow Day,” Marvel said. “We look for­ward to grow­ing Ground­hog Job Shadow Day into an an­nual event.”

Jenny Thompson/The Cov­ing­ton News

East­side High se­nior Ben Oravec, left, and Al­covy High se­nior Shirley Riera help Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bun­cie Lan­ners fold pro­grams for the Vi­enna Boys Choir per­for­mance yes­ter­day as part of the first New­ton County Groun­hog Job Shadow Day.

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