The program, sponsored by Walmart, is part of a Groundhog Job Shadow Day. The students were from Kim Phillips's wellness classroom. Susan Emerton, Training Coordinator from the store, contacted the junior high and suggested the program. Phillips's wellness class was chosen because of the curriculum they have each year. The students in the eighth grade class study the correct way to write a resume for a part time job. They focus primary on jobs they might have while in high school. They also discuss careers and what they plan to do once out of high school.
The program was an opportunity to give young people a sense of what it takes to succeed in the workplace whether for a part time or a career. The students were allowed to tour the store and see employees at work in certain areas such as the meat department or deli. They were able to learn about produce and how it is stored. They also learned how to position items so they are pleasing to a customer.
The students were taught the connection between academics and careers. It provided the eighth graders an up-close look at how the skills learned in school are put into action in the workplace and how to get a head start on the marketable skills they need for the future.
Mike Williams, Assistant Manager, took the time to show students how important each employee is and how without each person doing their assigned job the store would not run as smoothly as it does.
The students were provided a snack of popcorn and juice and fresh doughnuts when they left the store.
Phillips said, "Mike did a great job with the students. He explained the information well and stressed the importance of each employee."
For more information or job shadow day you can contact Susan Emerton at 666-2135.