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Job-shadowing benefits students, businesses

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By The Staff

Editor:

Because so many people in Carroll County have been concerned with the lack of positive role models for youth, as the Industry Training and Development Specialist of the Carroll County Area Technology Center I would like to share with you a unique event that fosters relationships between young people and caring adults.

On March 16, Carroll County will participate in its 11th Job Shadow Day. This event enables young people to shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes through a normal day on the job, and provides a first-hand look at how the skills learned in school are put into action in the workplace.

Job-shadowing is a win-win proposition for communities because it benefits our students, the school system and local industries and businesses. Students become more motivated to learn once they see the relevance of their classwork, and Carroll County continues to build a partnership with the local industries that can enhance the educational experiences of all students.

There are 14 local companies and industries that have agreed to participate in Job Shadow Day 2009. About 82 students will be participating from the Carroll County Area Technology Center.

Jill Ralston

Industry Training and Development Specialist

Carroll County Area Technology Center