In preparation for the 2014 Job Shadow Day, 121 juniors at Kenai Central High School spent several months researching careers and preparing business portfolios, including job applications, résumés, and cover letters. The unit culminated with individualized, first-hand workplace experiences with local business hosts from across the Central Peninsula. KCHS students and staff would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the individuals, agencies, and businesses that helped to support this program and to make this such a positive experience for students.
Special thanks go to the following Job Shadow committee members for organizing this annual event: Johna Beech, Gloria Ungrue, Melyssa Nordwall, and Chastity Peterson at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center; Rachel O’Brien and Diana Spann at the Peninsula Job Center; Krista Timlin at Kenai Peninsula College; and Holly Zwink, Emily Warner, and Meredith McCullough at Kenai Central High School.
Thanks also to the City of Kenai Fire Department’s Tommy Carver and the City of Kenai Police Department’s Lieutenant Dave Ross for speaking at the luncheon; Jackie Garcia and Matt Barndt for helping students prepare their résumés; Maureen Lawlor of Central Peninsula Hospital and Craig Hansen of Tesoro for assisting with job shadow orientation; Tim Navarre for organizing donations for the luncheon; and Debbie Allen, Jim Beeson, Patti Lawyer, Tasha Thompson, Sam Strange, Lisa Gabriel, Melodie Epperheimer, and Misty Hamilton of KCHS for helping behind the scenes with organization and transportation.
Thanks to all of these businesses and organizations for donating their time and expertise to host and mentor students: Affinity Salon & Spa, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska State Wildlife Troopers, Artistic Puppy, Big G Electric, Blue Moose Bed & Biscuit, Buckets Sports Grill, Central Alaska Engineering, Central Peninsula Hospital, Challenger Learning Center, Chez Moi Boutique, City of Kenai Parks and Recreation, Computer Renaissance Soldotna, Alaska Department of Corrections, Doyle’s Fuel and Weaver Brothers, Inc., Dr. Mathew M Cannava, MD, Encore Dance Academy, Gentle Dental, Hilcorp, Home Depot, Homer Electric Association, Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Science, Kenai Middle School, Kenai Dental, Kenai Fire Department, Kenai Library, Kenai Peninsula Orthopaedics, Kenai Police Department, Kenai Veterinary Hospital, Kenai Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Peninsula Construction Academy, Kuya Qyut’anen Early Childhood, Lynden Transport, Mountain View Elementary, Mykel’s Restaurant, New Beginnings Fitness Center, Peak Oilfield Services, Peninsula Clarion, Peninsula Health Center, Peninsula Internal Medicine, Peninsula Memorial Chapel, Peninsula Pathology Institute, PJ’s Diner, Premier Chiropractic, Redoubt Reporter, Soldotna Police Department, Stanley Chrysler, Taurianien Engineering & Testing, Tesoro, Tim’s Janitorial, Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Wagging Tails, Whitey’s Music Shop, and Wince-Corthell-Bryson Consulting Engineers.
Thanks again to everyone in this community who generously donated their time and effort to help these students take the next step to explore their future educational and career goals!
Mr. Alan Fields, Principal
Kenai Central High School