Chamber preparing for Job Shadow program
by Daniel Gaddy
Jan 09, 2012 | 976 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials with the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County are hoping local businesses will participate in the organization’s Groundhog Job Shadowing Day program.

“We would love anybody that would like to shadow a student to give us a call,” said Chamber President Linda Lewis.

She said the period for job shadowing normally lasts about two and a half hours. And she stressed that chamber officials can bus the students to and from the business if needed.

Lewis said businesses can also set up a booth at the program’s job fair at the Community Health Services Activities Center.

The Job Shadow Day has been an annual event in the county for more than 10 years. The program is for ninth-graders throughout the county.

Lewis said chamber officials expect more than 1,000 students to participate in the program this year.

The participating students fill out a questionnaire that helps chamber officials place them with a job-shadow business that best suits the teenagers’ interests.

Though not all of the students will be placed with a business person to shadow, every student in the program will attend the event’s career fair and seminar, which often includes speeches from local business leaders.

Though the Chamber pays for the Job Shadow Day, Lewis said the program is a collaboration among the chamber, Bevill State Community College, the business community and local school districts.

“It’s a true partnership,” she said.

Lewis said the Job Shadow Day allows young people to have a look into a professional field that interests them. Some teenagers solidify their career goals because of the program, and others find out a particular job wasn’t what they expected, Lewis said. Regardless of how they like the job, the ninth-graders have the ability to plan for a career in the field or look for something else.

Lewis said the Groundhog Job Shadow program also helps the local economy because students see the opportunities available to them in their home county.

“This has been a win-win for Walker County,” she said.

To volunteer your business for the program or to set up a booth at the career fair, call the Chamber of Commerce at 205-384-4571.