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ACHS students explore future careers through job shadowing

Incredible experiences, Principal Troy Young says. Students job shadow at Columbia Police Department, Bank of Columbia, Tarter Gate in Dunnville, KY; Kid Spot in Campbellsville, KY, where one sudent is already considering entering a career path. Other students hear Ready for Work speakers Carson Hadley and Sarah Curry, Margo Miller, and Vanessa Burton at the high school
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By Shamarie Claiborne, Media Publicity Coordinator
Adair County School District, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY

On Tuesday March 18, 2014 all students in the ACHS class of 2014 participated in some form of job shadowing with members of the community. All students had the option to arrange their own shadowing experience in an area that they have an interest in as a future career. ACHS principal, Troy Young said, "We can't say enough about the incredible experiences that our students took part in last week. They returned to school very excited and were grateful for the opportunity. A big thank you goes out to everyone who took time out of their day on Tuesday to mentor our students!"

ACHS student Donald Wadley said, "I had a blast!" Donald spent the morning with officers from the Columbia Police Department. Donald is interested in a future career in law enforcement and plans to attend college to pursue a degree in criminal justice. "I learned so much about what is involved in the daily routine of a police officer. I was able to ask questions about the police academy and what the life of a police officer is like."

Alex Magsam shadows at Bank of Columbia

Alex Magsam spent the morning with Kelly Herron, at The Bank of Columbia. "I want to pursue a job in banking and this experience gave me an opportunity to ask lots of questions and learn about the different jobs available in banking," said Alex.

Kate Durham considering occupational therapy as career

Senior Kate Durham agreed that the opportunity to job shadow was a great experience. Kate observed an occupational therapist at Kid Spot in Campbellsville, KY and she said, "I had a great time. After my shadowing experience, I am strongly considering that field as my career choice."

Eric Cook and Zach Wather tour Tarter Gate in Dunnville, KY

Some students chose to attend an industry tour of Tarter Gate Company in Dunnville, KY. Seniors Eric Cook and Zach Wathen both said, "This is one of the best school trips we have ever been on. We can see ourselves working at Tarter Gate." Ciara Gabehart also attended the trip and said, "I was excited to see lots of female employees. It was very cool to see the different areas of the company and the process that is involved in making the products."

Some students stayed at ACHS and heard dynamic speakers

Seniors who remained at ACHS on Tuesday were treated to four very dynamic guest speakers who talked to them about their choices for the future. Students started the day with Mr. Carson Hadley and Mrs. Sarah Curry, Ready for Work Instructors with Adult Education. They led a very interactive discussion with students on a wide range of topics including the importance of being able to work with others to achieve a goal, the positive and negative aspects of social media in the job world, and the importance of networking with others.

Margo Miller discusses her career path history

The second speaker of the day was local economist, Margo Miller. Mrs. Miller discussed the various jobs and educational experiences that she has had throughout her lifetime. Mrs. Miller quickly got the students attention when she began the day by asking students, "Why do you think I am happy to pay taxes to fund education?" She said, "I am happy to pay taxes so that all of you can be prepared for a successful life. Every one of you in this room has great potential! You are our future and I am happy to invest in the future!" She stressed to students that, "The most important skill for leading a successful life is the ability to read and write effectively." Mrs. Miller also talked with students about the importance of investing money and saving for the future.

She told the students, "If you start investing your money now, all of you can "be rich" by the time you are my age. Investing your money gives you security and options later in life to do the things that you really want to do. That is a "rich" life. I am able to work from home, but my job is based in Washington DC. I have lived in many different places in the world, but I am fortunate to be able to choose to make Columbia, KY my home." She made it very clear to students throughout her presentation that the choices they are making today will determine what type of life is available to them in the future.

Vanessa Burton speaks her career in the AC School District

The final speaker for the day was Mrs. Vanessa Burton. Mrs. Burton works in the Adair County School system as the CIITS coordinator for the district, but she also works as an insurance agent with Family Heritage, selling life and supplemental health insurance to families and businesses. In addition to discussing opportunities in insurance, Mrs. Burton also spoke to students on how a person's attitude and the way we approach our jobs can determine success and spill over into our personal happiness.

Overall, the day included something for everyone. Adair County High School is a proud Kid-FRIENDLy Race to the Top-District school and the job shadowing program is another key component on the journey to ensure college and career readiness for all of our students. We are grateful for the continued outpouring of community support. - Shamarie Claiborne

This story was posted on 2014-03-24 12:02:00
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