KCHS Juniors get up close to careers during Job Shadow day

Posted: Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Last Wednesday was Job Shadow day for juniors at Kenai Central High School (KCHS). Sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Kenai Rotary Club and a myriad of local business hosts and supporters, the Job Shadow program is now in its 16th year. According to Tina Baldridge, Kenai Chamber executive director, there were over 100 student participants in this year's Job Shadow who spent half a day experiencing the real world in a career which was of interest to them. "We had 13 students shadow different departments at the Central Peninsula Hospital, five students at the Kenai Police Department and about 15 students in the oil & gas field with various companies such as Tesoro and Marathon. Other students selected broadcasting, journalism, and cosmetology," said Baldridge.

"I've always thought about becoming a cosmetologist someday and it's been fun learning about that career path today, as well as hearing about what it takes to run your own business," Courtney Parker told the Dispatch. Parker and Hannah Coffman shadowed Cynthia Parent at Peninsula Medical Cosmetics. "Cosmetology is generally a two year degree, but I recommend if a student wants to own a business someday that they go on to get a degree either in business or marketing because of success in owning your own business depends on more than just your professional skills," said Parent. "Now that I see that getting a business degree is so important in becoming a cosmetologist, a lot of business schools are very competitive to get into so I'm thinking okay I better go back to the classroom and focus on the necessary courses and keep my grade point average up so that I'll be able to get accepted into the appropriate programs," commented Coffman. "The Kenai Chamber of Commerce wishes to extend a sincere thank you to all of those involved in making this program a success year after year. All the food for our luncheon was donated by McDonald's, Arby's, Paradiso's restaurant, and Coca Cola. Thank you to our volunteers, Tim Navarre, Kenai Rotary, Kenai Chamber Board of Directors, Chamber Ambassadors, Chris DesOrmeaux, Terry Eubank, Mayor Pat Porter, and especially to all of our business hosts that participated this year. This program offers great opportunity for not only the junior class of KCHS, but the local businesses as well. What a great chance to educate our youth and lead them down the path to being your next candidate for hire! We heard that one student was offered a part-time job yesterday at her host's office! This program opens doors for today's youth and we appreciate the community's involvement. We're looking forward to continuing the Job Shadow program in future years to come," said Baldridge. For more information on the Job Shadow program or other Kenai Chamber activities go to www.kenaichamber.org or all 283-7989.

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