Tunbridge and Chelsea Students Participate in ‘Job Shadow Day’

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Communities / Apr. 12, 2012 12:19pm EDT


Jon Benson (left) and Mario Cassani were two of 25 Tunbridge and Chelsea eighth-graders who spent Tuesday at work as the two schools participated in the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership’s job shadow day. Mario and Jon spent the day working with Scott Pero at L.F. Trottier & Sons, learning the inner workings of tractor repair. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Jon Benson (left) and Mario Cassani were two of 25 Tunbridge and Chelsea eighth-graders who spent Tuesday at work as the two schools participated in the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership’s job shadow day. Mario and Jon spent the day working with Scott Pero at L.F. Trottier & Sons, learning the inner workings of tractor repair. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Tunbridge and Chelsea were two of the 12 schools participating in this year’s Job Shadow Day sponsored by the Upper Valley Business and Educa­tion Partnership on Tuesday, April 3.

The 11 Tunbridge students and 14 Chelsea students “job shadowed” at these sites: Silver Maple Icelandic Horse Farm, Tunbridge; Gifford Medi­cal Center Clinic, Sharon; Revolution Vintage, White River Junction; Pike Industries, West Lebanon; Norwich Police Dept., Norwich; Redstart For­estry; New England School of Hair Design, West Lebanon; Dr. Wilson’s Dental Office; Randolph; Vermont Law School IT Dept, South Royalton; Royalton Police Dept., South Royal­ton; Norwich Regional An­imal Hos­pital, Norwich; Upper Valley Aquatic Center, White River Junction; and LF Trottier & Sons, South Royalton.

Job Shadowing enables youth to observe workplace hosts as they go through a normal day on the job, providing an opportunity to see how skills taught in the classroom are ap­plied beyond school walls. Students can also gain insight on careers they might pursue in the future.

More than 170 Upper Valley em­ployers support this program by welcoming students into their work­places. Hosts plan hands-on activities, facility tours and demonstrations to show students what it takes to be suc­cessful in their career field. UVBEP provides supporting information, such as job shadowing guidelines, suggested activities and evaluation forms.

An employee from a participating workplace said, “Our business truly believes in supporting programs such as Job Shadow Day. It is our hope that one day one (or more) of the students will show up and apply for work with our company based on what they learned here.”

UVBEP is a nonprofit organization serving over 20 schools in the greater Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont. The Partnership facilitates programs that link schools with local employers, including experiential learning and career planning projects for students and professional development activities for educators.

To learn more, call UVBEP at 603-643-3431 x2902 or email info@uvbep.org.

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