FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2018
CONTACT: Kimberly Beare, 408-201-6024
On February 2, 2018, a year-long planning process by the Morgan Hill Unified School District and the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce came together create the inaugural Job Shadow Day in Morgan Hill. With over 55 high school seniors spread across eleven local businesses, the first of what will become an annual event was a huge success.
“Our goal was to create a small pilot of the day with the intention of growing it exponentially over the next few years,” said Heather Nursement, Director of Supplemental Programs at MHUSD. “Our Job Shadow Day gave CTE (Career Technical Education) students a first-hand look at the industries they are interested in entering into after high school. The day will leave a big impact on our students, and I can’t thank the Chamber and participating businesses enough for their participation. ”
Partnering with businesses from municipal government, health and wellness, and insurance, to manufacturing, shipping, and technology helped to ensure there was something for every student that participated.
“Remembering back to high school and thinking about how much an opportunity like this would have meant to me as a student, we couldn’t pass up this opportunity,” said Adilene Sanchez, Resource Coordinator at Bella Terra, EAH Housing. “We had a great group of students and are excited to participate again next year.”
National Job Shadow Day (held annually on Groundhog Day) is a nationwide initiative that encourages businesses to provide job shadowing experience for high school students. The goal is to inspire the next generation of professionals to pursue a career in anything from construction and manufacturing to hospitality and health and wellness. The day is also a way to create public awareness of the hard work and economic contributions that local businesses make in our community.
“This is a great opportunity for our local businesses to open their doors to provide Morgan Hill students widely-sought exposure to the working world and invaluable industry insight,” said John Horner, Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce President and partner in planning MHUSD’s Job Shadow Day. “The majority of these students are looking to go into the industry they visited. This not only gave students the chance to see the industry at work, but it benefited the businesses by giving them the chance to get to know potential job seekers.”
Students and CTE teachers worked together to identify the industry most closely related to their intended career path. Students were then tasked with researching the business they were shadowing and taken through a training on how to behave in the workplace before they were deployed to their sites.
Thank you to all of our business partners: Ram Commercial Insurance, Pure Skin & Body Massage, City of Morgan Hill, Morgan Hill Recreation, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Aircraft Covers, Creative Manufacturing Solutions, Cherisse’s Hair Salon, Signtech-Postal Stop, EAH Housing, and Morgan Hill Unified School District.
MHUSD and the Chamber have already begun plans for next year’s Job Shadow Day. If your business would like to participate, please contact Heather Nursement at 408-201-6075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.