Warwick - As some students watched and learned how newspapers are produced, others spent time in a courtroom with lawyers, while others observed a surgical procedure on someone’s beloved pet. In other settings, students learned to care for and teach children, observed and discussed medical and health fields and learned the importance of police officers providing the community with a sense of security. Those students were just a few of the participants in the recent High School Job Shadowing program. More than 80 high school juniors and seniors from Warwick Valley High School, S.S. Seward High School in the Florida School District and George Baker High School in the Tuxedo School District had an opportunity to spend a day exploring career areas with local employers, with the work settings as varied as the students’ areas of interest. Now in its third year, the job shadowing program is sponsored by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by a committee of Chamber volunteers and school representatives led by Marci Oakley, Sherry Bukovcan and Doug Stage. Over the past few years, the program has grown. During the first year, the committee worked solely with the Warwick School District and placed approximately 30 students. In the second year, the program expanded to include the Florida and Tuxedo School Districts, placing approximately 60 students. This year, the numbers rose again, placing more than 80 students from the three school districts with nearly 40 businesses and organizations. After completing a survey indicating their career areas of interest, students were matched with local employers who volunteered their time. More than 75 employers and students attended the evening kickoff meeting for an introduction to the program and an opportunity to meet those with whom they were matched. Each student then spent a day shadowing their employer and learning about their job and career area, educational and licensing requirements and day to day work activities. This year’s students participated in more than 300 hours of job shadowing time over a five-day period. To evaluate the program for future improvements, both employers and students were asked to complete a short survey. Based on their job shadowing experiences, some students confirmed their area of interest, while others realized they weren’t as interested in a particular field as they had originally thought. For some, the visit opened up new possibilities. Wrote one student: “I’m not exactly sure what I want to pursue, but this opened my mind to another option.” Planning ahead for next year, the Chamber Job Shadowing Committee seeks additional committee members from the local business community for this valuable and gratifying program, and student representatives will be invited to join the committee for increased student involvement and feedback. Louise Hutchison, a communications specialist for the Warwick Valley School District, provided the story and photos on the job shadowing program.
Participants The Job Shadowing Committee extends its appreciation to all participating businesses and organizations for their support and assistance: Annie Rabbitt - Politics Barefoot Photography - Photography Beautiful People - Sports for Children with Disabilities Bonacic, Krahulik, Cuddeback, McMahon & Brady - Law Cablevision - Communications Computer Guy - Computer Technology Copper Bottom Restaurant - Hospitality/Food Service Corwin’s Florist - Floral Donohue & Nicosia - Law Dr. Deborah Bernstein - Psychology Edward Jones - Ed Lynch - Financial Advisor Co. F.A.S Training - Personal Training Florida UFSD - Golden Hill Elementary - Education Florida UFSD - S.S. Seward High School - Education Galloway Dental - Health Care Holiday Inn - Hospitality/Food Service LAN Associates - Engineering/Architecture Lazear Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home - Mortuary Lee Ferrec Golf - Athletics Mechanical Rubber - Engineering Michael Sweeton - Politics/Public Service OC Emergency Services Center - Public Safety Provident Bank - Banking Red Shutters - Interior Design Rhythm & Rhyme Childcare - Children’s Services Robert Baier Handwriting Svcs. - Forensic Document Examiner Rylex - Custom Cabinetry Sharlene’s Hair Design - Beauty ShopRite of Warwick - Food St. Anthony Community Hospital - Health Care Stage, Nathans & Ziobro - Law Steven Kenny - Art Style Counsel - Fashion Thom Woglom Construction - Carpentry/Green Technology Times Herald-Record - Journalism Vernon Veterinary Clinic - Veterinary Warwick Police Dept. - Public Safety Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce - Business Support Warwick Valley Community Center Pre-School - Education Warwick Valley Dispatch - Journalism WTBQ Radio - Media WVCSD Kings Elementary- Art Education WVCSD Sanfordville Elementary - Education/Psychology WVCSD Warwick Middle School - Occupational Therapy YNN News - Media