A dozen local businesses, professional offices and government agencies joined with LCPS’s Career and Technical Education program this fall to provide juniors and seniors from the district’s three traditional high schools with valuable insights into careers that interest them.
“As we celebrate Career Development Month in November and use this month to spotlight our many community partners who support the education of our students, we say thank you to these employers,” said Jessica Shimer, LCPS’s career development coordinator and organizer of the job-shadowing events. “We could not do it without their investment of time, money and energy.”
Dozens of CTE students from Kinston, North Lenoir and South Lenoir high schools spent a day working with lawyers, veterinarians, health-care professionals, firefighters and others during separate job shadowing events in October and November. Students selected for the program must meet requirements on conduct, grades and attendance and provide their own transportation. Their day concludes with a group debriefing, where they write thank-you letters to their hosts and complete an evaluation.
“Students visit worksites to see first-hand how inclinations and aptitude become skills and how skills become a career,” Shimer said.
Assisting with that education during the most recent job shadowing experiences were UNC Lenoir Health Career; Dr. Joseph Saracino, a gastroenterologist; Dr. Ricky Carlyle, a dentist; the law firm of Gerrans, Foster and Sargeant; Mintz Law Firm; N.C. Veterans Home; City of Kinston Fire and Rescue; City of Kinston Public Services; Crown Equipment; Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce; Caswell Center; L. Harvey & Son; and Riverbank Animal Hospital.
For instance, at UNC Lenoir Health Career, a regular participant in job shadowing events, students with an interest in nursing or other health-care fields shadow floor nurses, spend their day in the Family Birthing Center or the emergency department, investigate radiology or biomedical engineering and work with other departments as diverse as physical therapy and marketing.
“Students gain valuable career decision information,” Shimer said. “Job Shadowing Day helps students decide.”
Job shadowing dates for 2018 include Feb. 8, March 6, April 18 and May 17. Employers interested in participating can reach Shimer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Facebook photo album from recent Job Shadowing Days is here.