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Plainville High School's "Shadowing For Success" Program - A Success!

The Plainville High School's "Shadowing for Success" program, part of the new College and Career Readiness Center, placed eleven students in job shadows during the 2013-14 school year, and looks forward to many more this year, according to College and Career Readiness Center Coordinator, Sue Bradley.

The Shadowing for Success program partners with the Plainville Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses. To date 17 businesses and organizations committed to partnering with the program and students at the high school. The program is designed to offer students in 11th and 12th grade the opportunity to learn about a career in which they have expressed an interest, and spend time in a business observing an individual in that occupation. This one-on-one interaction allows students to learn firsthand about the work activities, education needed, and the skills required to perform the job. Job shadows range from a one hour visit to a full day event.

During the 2013-14 school year, the program partnered with: AXA Equitable Insurance, Bristol Hospital, Embroidery A2Z, General Electric, LaQuerre, Michaud & Company, Law Office of Refai Arefin, Liberty Bank, Linden Street School, Loureiro Engineering, the Plainville Police Department, Russell’s Garage, the Middle School of Plainville, the Town of Plainville, Trumpf, UBI Federal Credit Union, UConn and VCA Old Canal Animal Hospital.

Of the eleven students who participated in a job shadow last year, three visited LaQuerre, Michaud & Company to learn about accounting; two, interested in early education and psychology, were at Linden Street School to shadow a pre-school teacher and psychologist. Two students shadowed at Loureiro Engineering in the Business and Marketing Department; one at VCA Animal Hospital to learn about becoming a veterinarian and a vet technician; and two students shadowed at Trumpf where they spent the full day with engineering and production. The students appreciated the opportunity to spend time with the professionals in their respective fields.

General Electric and Trumpf also hosted tours of their businesses, while UConn hosted a number of Plainville students on their Clinical Career Day. In addition to the tours and shadows, some individuals in these businesses spoke at Plainville High School's Career Day in May. Professionals from Loureiro Engineering and General Electric, along with psychologists from the Middle School of Plainville and Linden Street School, Attorney Arefin, Lt. Eric Peterson and Ashley Hoyt, R.N. from UConn, shared their background and current positions with students.

This year the College and Career Readiness Center will continue to partner students and businesses to explore careers of interest and also offer students the opportunity to attend various workshops to prepare for job and college interviews.

"Our College and Career center under Sue Bradley's direction, has provided students with invaluable opportunities to explore their future career choices. We look forward to continuing and expanding the partnerships with our local business partners," noted Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.

Plainville High School's College and Career Readiness Center is located in the school counseling suite. The Center's goal is to assist students in researching careers and colleges and to help them define their individual goals. The Center works with students on completing an interest inventory, the college application process, scholarship searches, interview skills, resume completion and cover letter writing.

If your business would like to partner with this program to host a job shadow, or a tour of your business, please contact Sue Bradley, College and Career Readiness Center Coordinator, at: bradleys@plainvilleschools.org.

-Posted on September 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM


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