Students get chance to be job shadows at Beekmantown Central School.
Have you ever held four human skulls? That’s just what Sophia Rible, an eighth-grade student at Beekmantown Middle School, did and during her school-day, nonetheless. Sophia, along with her 14 classmates in Dawn Finley’s Home and Career Skills Class at Beekmantown Middle School, participated in the second annual Job Shadow day sponsored by The Clinton County Workforce Council and the North Country Workforce Investment Board on March 27.
The program, which focused around the students’ interests, aims to find opportunities for younger students so they can start to focus on their future now.
“There are so many opportunities to engage these students in within this region,” Elaine Reynolds, of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and a member of the North Country Workforce Investment Board, said. “We understand how critical it is to involve students at an early age and these students were enthusiastic about starting to work towards their future now.”
Schulter Systems, along with many other organizations saw the importance of a program such as this and donated their time and resources to help the students learn some very valuable lessons outside of the classroom and explore their interests. The following organizations along with Schulter Systems who participated include; Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Clinic, WIRY Hometown Radio, SUNY Plattsburgh Anthropology Department, the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Perkins and Legends Restaurant and Dr. Tom Gerner, DDS.
While Schulter systems provided transportation to each of these locations, the students were able to participate in the day-to-day operations at each facility. Thus, giving these students first-hand experience as to what a ‘day at the office’ really means.
Jason Kozilsky, Food Production Manager from Perkins Restaurant and Bakery and Legends Brew Pub and Grill understands the importance of job shadowing experience.
“I believe job shadowing events play an important role for our youth,” Kozilsky said. “The key is to make sure that the students are actively engaged in their interests and most important, are having fun while doing so.”
The six students who visited Perkins and Legends prepared 28 lunches for the staff of this event and their fellow classmates.
Sophia Rible was interested in forensic anthropology but wasn’t sure that she would be able to find a job shadow opportunity in this area. To Sophia’s surprise, she was able to spend several hours with three professors from SUNY Plattsburgh’s Anthropology Department, where she held four human skulls and was asked to accompany the professors for local research projects this summer due to her impressive interest and education on the subject.
Although they haven’t yet reached high school, the students in Dawn Finley’s 8th grade Home and Career Skills class at Beekmantown Middle School are preparing for their future now and seeing exactly what happens when you step out of the classroom and into the office.