LaRue County Schools is piloting a new program to empower students to strengthen their college and career plans and make more successful transitions to life after high school.
Speaking at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Wednesday, LCHS principal Denise Skaggs said all high school students will engage in six hours of job shadowing by March 29 to learn about potential careers.
“Our graduates must be prepared for what comes after high school, and one way we can ensure that is to provide opportunities for more meaningful career exploration,” Skaggs said. “This type of experience really makes a difference for students.”
Job shadowing is an opportunity for students to observe, ask questions and discover new insights for college and career planning, Skaggs said. It also provides the right environment to practice soft skills and begin developing a professional network.
LCHS senior Abigail Hazelwood already has completed her first job shadowing experience and said there are multiple benefits, from helping her make career decisions to making her more competitive for a college scholarship. She wants to enter the medical field and shadowed personnel at University of Louisville Hospital. There to observe a surgeon, she actually found herself drawn to anesthesiology, she said.
“I left the hospital with a huge smile on my face,” she said. “I knew anesthesiology is what I want to do, and that wasn’t even on my radar before job shadowing.”
For employers, job shadowing is an opportunity to introduce in-demand occupations and required qualifications to the community’s future workforce, LCS superintendent David Raleigh said.
“If we can connect an employer who is thinking about future workforce needs with a student who is exploring potential careers, it’s a win for everyone,” Raleigh said. “In the end, it’s about making the student, the employer and our entire community more successful.”
Students will arrange their own job shadowing experiences. As such, area businesses may receive requests from students interested in their industries. Students are expected to complete six hours of shadowing on Fridays, when school is dismissed early; on Jan. 21 or Feb. 18, when school is not in session; or during one excused absence from school.
In addition, students will complete a variety of activities in the classroom to prepare for job shadowing and are required to document their experience.
“We have great students, and they’re excited to learn more about what awaits them in the workplace,” Skaggs said. “We also want to thank the employers, community partners and parents for their support of this new program.”
For more information, contact the high school at 270-358-2210.