Students learn about possible careers

Published 12:20 pm Monday, April 27, 2009

By Staff
Amber Barlow isn’t quite sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but the Brewton Middle School eighth-grader said she has a better idea of the variety of careers available in her hometown after a job shadowing event Thursday.
Barlow and her classmates spent the morning at various industries and businesses in town, including Ipec, T.R. Miller Mill, Cedar Creek Land and Timber, Herrington’s Florist, the Escambia County Courthouse, BankTrust, D,W, McMillan Memorial Hospital, the YMCA, and Verobella.
At Verobella, Hannah McGaha watched as Tiffany Turner trimmed a client’s long hair.
At BankTrust, students took a tour of the various offices and learned about the responsibilities in each position.
Eighth-grade teacher Cindy Brittain said the career day job shadowing allows students to better understand their opportunities.
The students ended the day with lunch and a career assessment worksheet at Jefferson Davis Community College.
Hayley Spinks, who toured the Brewton Area YMCA, said she thought the visit was helpful.
The students went from one station to another at the Y lead by the director Steven Dickey. In one room equipped for youngsters to exercise, Silas Tucker picked up one of the pieces of exercise equipment and tried it out.
Students were also led from station to station at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital. Two students, William Whittle and Taylor Boshell both said they hope to be doctors.
Debbie Gist, director of performance and improvement at the hospital, said the job shadowing program is perfect for introducing students to possible careers.

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