Students from Dawson County High School recently glimpsed a day in the life of the working world.
Job Shadow Day is a collaboration between the school’s vocational careers department and volunteers from the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.
Several dozen businesses and 45 students took part in the program. Students observed workers at their places of business.
Sophomore Colleen Echuck followed Cathy Brooks during the program April 16. Brooks is the government and community affairs representative with Dawson County.
Echuck was surprised at the variety of tasks Brooks handled.
“I couldn’t believe all the different things she does,” Echuck said. “I had no idea she did so much event planning.”
Brooks and Echuck toured the county offices and a fire station.
Chamber President Linda Williams said the job shadow program has been successful in the past several years it’s been put on.
“Chamber members have been supportive of it, inviting students into their business for a day,” Williams said.
According to Williams, interested students at the high school “give teachers an indication of what type of business they think they would like to explore.
“Teachers take a list of participating businesses and match them up with the appropriate students,” Williams said. “It’s a good learning experience for students.”
Staff writer Michele Hester contributed to this report.