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PHS Students Participate in Job Shadow Event

11 April 2013  

Students experience first hand various job opportunities

Joshua wants to be a mechanic. So, he spent the morning at Lamb Chevrolet working in the shop. Igor and Emily, on the other hand, are interested in working in the medical field, so they shadowed Dr. Mark Worthington today. Katherine checked out public safety at the City of Prescott. Nicolas is a JTED welding student, and he trailed Jared Aurich at the Precision Sheet Metal Machining Shop.

All these students were participating in the Prescott Unified School District - Partners in Education (PUSD - PIE) job shadow event. The PIE Job Shadow Committee spent countless hours making phone calls to prospective job hosts, double-checking numbers, preparing student packets and forms. This Monday and Tuesday, the event was put into action. Forty-seven Prescott High School juniors and seniors went to 21 host sites - some even went to different sites on each day.

Students explored jobs in the following fields:

  • Medical and dental services
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Autos and mechanics
  • Aerospace
  • Welding
  • Fire, police and legal departments

"The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. We are quite excited with the direction PUSD - PIE is going," stated Maureen Erickson, PUSD Board President and the Job shadow coordinator.

City Attorney John Paladini commented, "My office was thrilled to host students interested in learning more about a career in the legal profession. The future of attorneys in Arizona looks bright."

Katherine went with the Fire Department on Monday, only to find herself attending a staff meeting - something that was probably realistic, but not terribly exciting. So, to make it up to her, Captain Kevin Keith gave her firefighter's gear to put on, had her take a ride around the block, complete with sirens and flashing lights, and then Katherine got to experience the hose, which pumps 125 gallons of water per minute.

According to Assistant City Manager Allison Zelms, Police Lieutenant Tim Fletcher provided an overview of the Police Department to six students, sharing details about the various careers available and duties performed within the police operation.  Students also toured the Station and the Regional Dispatch Center and were all invited back to experience a ride-along with an officer.  According to Fletcher "I enjoyed the job shadow event very much. They were an excellent group of young adults, seemed very interested in the event and were extremely polite and respectful. Interacting with our community in a positive way is one of my favorite things to do as an officer."

Zelms said that Mayor Kuykendall welcomed the students and encouraged them to work hard to achieve their career goals.  He also reminded them what a great place Prescott is to live, and shared that "he was honored to meet these students who represent Prescott's future, and happy that the City could help them as they move forward with their career aspirations by inviting them into see the departmental operations." 

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Lynne LaMaster

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