More than 700 hundred ninth grade students from around the county and city will be participating in the annual Groundhog’s Day Job Shadowing program on Jan. 2. This year the Chamber of Commerce is expecting over a thousand participants to take part in the activities.
The students start their morning by arriving at the CHS building where they discuss their futures and are assigned job locations that they will later report to for experience in that field. The ones that remain at the CHS building will look at several companies such as: Regional Paramedic Services, Walker Baptists hospital, Sheriffs office, Mental Health staff, Taft Coal and PERC, to name a few. These companies will explain different positions available and how everything works, they also offers programs, pens, and goodies to interest the students. The coordinator for our school is Mrs. Higgins who spends weeks planning the trip and trying to assign every student to a position. Pete Parrish, a member of Commerce who has helped for nine years, told the Daily Mountain Eagle, “Many students do not find the field they’re interested in; they do, however, find the industries they’re not interested in and that’s important too.” The students will come back at the end of the day with a new outlook on their future and hopefully some new prospects in mind.