Anniston High School students will get a glimpse of what their futures can entail as 40 seniors participate in a job shadowing event Wednesday, April 28, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event, coordinated by the Career Transitions Program at Gadsden State Community College, will give students an opportunity to “shadow” individuals who hold positions which interests them.
“The staff at Anniston High School partnered with Career Transitions to help their students attain a realistic perspective of the required training needed for the careers that are intriguing to them,” said Sumuthra Bowers, career coach at Gadsden State. Director of Career Transitions Marian Haynie said that job shadowing is important because it allows each student to experience all aspects of the environment related to their prospective career choice. She explained that throughout the day students will visit offices and learn the responsibilities that are involved in their career choices and that many offices allow the students to have a “hands-on” experience.
Numerous businesses from the Calhoun County area are opening their schedules to allow students to participate in their business ventures for the day. Anniston Regional Medical Center will host 12 students who will participate in several departments. The remaining students will shadow other businesses and organizations including Alabama Power, the City of Anniston and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department.
“Every student who shadows someone benefits from the program,” said Bowers. “Either they become more excited about their future or realize that their idea of a specific job is not accurate and they begin looking at new options.”
For more information about job shadowing programs or Career Transitions at Gadsden State please contact Marian Haynie at (256) 439-6861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.