Job Shadowing

PRINCETON, WV, October 16, 2014:    Business students from three Mercer County high schools left their classrooms Tuesday, and went into the community to get a firsthand look at potential careers. Professionals from fifteen local businesses and community organizations volunteered their time to allow students to Job Shadow, in order to experience a typical day in their career of interest.

Pike View High School student, Seth Meadows, hopes to become an electrical engineer. Meadows observed AEP electrical engineer, Christy Messer. Due to poor weather on Tuesday, there were around 1,000 power outages in the area. Meadows was able to watch Messer use the Outage Management System to assist the restoration of power to homes and businesses. From the screens at AEP headquarters in Bluefield, Meadows could see real-time power outages across Mercer County, and he even checked to see if the power was on at his own home.

Messer says, “Job Shadowing is a positive experience, and I would like to see more Job Shadowing in Mercer County and surrounding areas. It is important for students not only to say they want work in an industry, but also to see the role they might play.”

Princeton Community Hospital has been part of the Job Shadowing Program for many years, and Patient Advocate Representative, Lisa Wood, says that the doctors and nurses attempt to include the students as much as possible, in order to make Job Shadowing a hands-on experience. Pike View High School student, Katherine Pennington, hopes to become a maternity ward nurse in the future. Pennington says she had a job shadowing experience that she will never forget, as she witnessed the birth of a child!

PCH nurse and prior participant in the Job Shadowing program, Jennifer Hicks, says that her time Job Shadowing at BRMC, as well as caring for her great-grandmother, helped her decide to become a nurse. Hicks is now passing her love of nursing on to a new generation, by being shadowed by Stacy Clower and Matthew Bragg, students from Montcalm High School and Pike View High School respectively.

A list of the businesses that participated in Job Shadowing include: American Electric Power; All Creatures Veterinary Clinic; Animal Care Center; First Community Bank Stafford Drive; Green Valley Animal Hospital; Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet, & Buckner PLLC; Mercer County Public Defender’s Office; Mercer County Board of Education; Mercer County Technical Education Center; Mercer School; Princeton Community Hospital; Princeton Health Care Center; Princeton Police Department; U.S Army Recruiting Station; and Veterinary Associates.

Mercer County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Deborah Akers and Career and College Readiness Facilitator, Courtney Gracon would like to thank all business who help facilitate a successful Job Shadowing experience for our students.