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Students get experience through job shadowing

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Tony Meadows checks the idle of a car while (from left) Terry Longtin, Kyle Krafczyk and James Samuels observe.

Megan Amerson is interested in nursing, and the Thomson High School junior got some first-hand experience in that field shadowing Registered Nurse Denise Kilgore at the McDuffie County Health Department.

Megan, who is part of a health class at the high school, said "I like it. It's something I always wanted to do."

Ms. Kilgore was anticipating an interesting day introducing the Thomson student to some aspects of nursing.

"I'm looking forward to sharing information with Megan, to encourage her to keep those dreams in focus. There are a lot of choices within the field," she said.

Megan joined 29 other Thomson High students last Wednesday as part of the annual Job Shadow Day which matches professionals in the community with students who want to get a first hand look at what particular occupations are like.

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Wal-Mart stylist Mandy Powers cuts Robert Parker's hair while Constance Ballard (right) and Sara Sanchez look on.

"It's a wonderful program. The students get real life experiences on the job," said Rudy Falana, THS principal.

The program is valuable in helping students decide if the field they are considering is right for them, said Susan Hitt, THS teacher who helped coordinate the event.

"The students gain real life experience. Until they actually experience the job, they don't understand it. This lets them see if they are still interested," Ms. Hitt said.

Daniel Garcia and Torrey Boyd signed up to shadow in the sheriff's department, hoping to see what a typical day on the job was like.

The students joined Deputy Barry Whitfield, who works with the DARE program in schools and enjoys the role of mentoring.

Dep. Whitfield planned a full morning of patrolling, and expected to answer a lot of questions about working in the sheriff's department.

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Bridgett Middleton (right) meets with Registered Nurse Denise Kilgore while Thomson High School student Megan Amerson observes.

This is the sixth annual Job Shadow Day, said Mary Ann Kotras, executive director of McDuffie County Partners for Success, which sponsored the program. Students shadowed a variety of individuals in various fields such as day care, cosmetology, the retail industry, funeral services, office management, auto repair, the restaurant business and Thomson Plastics.



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