Middle Schoolers explore careers through job shadowing

Staff Report

March 10, 2013

Elkin Middle School students are being offered hands-on experience in fields that interest them through the school’s job-shadowing program.

Designed as a way to let students experience a career they are intrigued by while still in school, job shadowing allows students in middle school to ask questions and participate while on the job site.

Local businesses and organizations have opened their doors to eighth graders interested in the program. Students were able to spend time at work with professionals and see what a career in that field would be like. Kimberly Parks, special populations coordinator for Elkin High and Elkin Middle schools, said the event had been a success because of the support from local businesses.

Local businesses who allowed students to job shadow were: Animal Ark, Northwest Disease Animal Clinic, Elkin Veterinary Hospital, Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry, Grace Clinic, Dr. Stephen Harrell, Dr. Robert Peterson, Dr. Gavin Harrell, Dr. Jim Harrell, Jr., Kids Count Pediatrics, Elkin Municipal Airport, Cuttin’ Loose Salon, KMA Salon, WIFM - Joel Hooper, Shutterbug Photography, Remember When Photography, Ace Pawn Shop, Fiddlers’ Pub, MacNeill Enterprises, Elkin Elementary School, Elkin Police Department, Elkin Parks and Recreation, Cal Cochren Architect, Peanuts Garden Center, Precisions Customs & Body Shop, Town of Elkin, Belk Department Store, Lois Draughn - Interior Designs, Tampco, Inc., Grandeur, Tri County Awards & Signs, National Guard Armory - Sgt. Jake Key, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, and James Freeman - Attorney at Law.