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Students benefit through program

Friday, November 23, 2012

Northview High School students Emily Conrad (left) and Cayleigh Shrader (right) were two of the students who participated in a job-shadowing project as a part of Michelle Burk's Preparing for College and Careers class. Conrad job shadowed a nurse and Shrader job shadowed an orthodontist.
Students in Michelle Burk's Preparing for College and Careers classes at Northview High School recently had the opportunity to job shadow professional people in all facets of the working community.

The students job shadowed a myriad of professional people including an orthodontist, a prosecutor, a physical therapist, a tattoo artist, a pharmacist and more. Students were allowed to select any profession they wanted to explore.

They were also in charge of getting in contact with a person of that profession and asking to job shadow them.

Approximately 50 students in two classes participated and did their job shadowing on Nov. 14 and 15.

Burk said the job shadowing gives the students an opportunity to pursue a job that they've been thinking about.

"It really helps give them a snapshot of what the job is like," Burk said.

Emily Conrad, a sophomore, job shadowed Kim Hyatt, a public health nurse at the Clay County Health Department.

Conrad wants to be a nurse someday, so she enjoyed spending time with Hyatt and learning more about the profession.

"It was a good way to see what a typical day is like for her," Conrad said.

"The best part was being able to be a part of the shot clinic," Conrad said, referring to a shot clinic that Hyatt helped with.

Hyatt showed Conrad how shots are measured and how they're administered. Hyatt also explained the importance of various shots to Conrad. Conrad had the opportunity to help run files and see how lead tests are performed in children.

Conrad said the experience makes her want to work harder in school so she can get grades good enough to go into nursing.

"It's a hard profession to get into," Conrad said, "so this taught me I need to keep my grades up so I can get into nursing."

Conrad said Hyatt was very helpful and kind.

"If anyone wants to get into the medical field, she'd be a good person to job shadow," Conrad said.

Another student, Cayleigh Shrader, also a sophomore, job shadowed Dr. Linda Colter, an orthodontist, at her practice in Brazil.

Shrader said her interest in orthodontia started when her older siblings began getting braces.

"Going with them to their appointments made me interested in it," Shrader said. "I was just interested in the environment."

While job shadowing, Shrader was able to see how Colter diagnoses people, fixes problems with teeth and fit braces.

Shrader said the best part about the experience was learning about the hands-on work that Colter does.

"If you own your own medical practice, you can have people around you helping you," Shrader said. "She taught me a lot about the special equipment she uses on teeth."

Burk said the Preparing for College and Careers course is a popular one at Northview primarily because of the job shadowing opportunity.

"I've had so many students tell me that the reason they signed up for this class is because they're eager to job shadow," Burk said.

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