Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is looking for volunteers to participate in its job shadow program that pairs students and business leaders. The job shadowing experience is a chance for students to explore careers and employment prospects.
Kick-off for the job shadowing program is on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, and continues through March 13. Students job shadow between 8:30 a.m. and noon; however, other arrangements can be made for unique experiences.
Last year, 9,702 students participated in job shadowing activities and the school system's goal is to maintain this high level of student participation in 2009. Career readiness is one of the three focus areas of the Charles County Public Schools five-year-plan for students. Job shadowing experiences help heighten student awareness of the link between school work and the world of work, said Connie Jones-Mouton, coordinator of minority achievement for CCPS.
The Boston Private Industry Council first started Job Shadow Day in 1996 as part of its School-to-Work Effort. In 1998, a coalition including Gen. Colin Powell's America's Promise was formed to encourage national participation. Charles County Public Schools joined the effort in 1999 and has participated annually since then.
Call 301-934-7245 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer. The job shadowing experience can be tailored to meet the needs of the student and business. The deadline to volunteer is Jan. 16.
A CCPS job shadow volunteer form is available by choosing the download tab located below.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Keith Hettel, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.