Students shadow careers
Last Friday, the groundhog wasn't the only one seeing his shadow.
Businesses and corporations all over Tonganoxie, Kansas City, Lawrence and the United States had employees seeing shadows following them all day.
Tonganoxie High School was one of many high schools participating in Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Students from Karen LaRosh's Business Club participated and followed workplace employees during the day.
Jacob Sledd, senior, shadowed Tony Johnson at the University of Kansas. Johnson designs websites, logos, T shirts, and working with network systems such as "Fireworks" and "Dreamweaver."
"I liked the hands-on experience working with graphics and seeing what it takes, to create graphics and websites," Sledd said. "It was very interactive and I thought it was useful seeing what it takes."
Karley Bennett, junior, shadowed Lisa Scheller at The Mirror. Bennett, who wants to be a writer, learned tips about how to write a news story. She accompanied Scheller while taking pictures at the grade school, she scanned pictures into the computer and wrote several cutlines for the photos.
Rachel Johnston, senior, went to Callahan Creek and met the manager and learned about the accounting and advertising of the business. Janelle McCoy went with her and they spent 30-minutes with other staff members seeing what each employee did and asking questions.
"I enjoyed seeing the creativity that goes into the advertising and the teamwork that it takes," Johnston said. "It takes more than you would think. I think the school should keep the program up, it shows you what it is like and it's helpful."
Aubrey Mikijanis, senior, joined Dr. Kyle LaRosh for the day. She actually got hands-on experience with surgeries and working as a vet. She also visited the Jeannin farm near Jarbalo.
"I had fun and I think having a hands-on experience was very beneficial." Mikijanis said.
Program is working
In 1996, the Boston Private Industry Council conducted the first job-shadowing program as part of the School-To-Work efforts.
Since then, it has been spread from the southeast to the northwest. In 1998, America's Promise, the National School-To-Work Opportunities Office, Junior Achievement and the American Society of Association Executives experienced national participation and saw more than 125,000 students placed with workplace mentors.