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More than groundhogs were seen by Bladen County middle school students recently during the annual Career and Technical Education Groundhog Job Shadow Day.All middle schools in the county had eighth-grade students who participated in the job-shadowing experience at various locations. About 70 students were able to pick a job site location based on their career objective. Job shadow helps to ensure students are job ready when they graduate from high school.Students began their day with breakfast at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Building and from there departed to one of twenty-one different job sites. Students were given a "behind the scenes" look at day to day operations of places such as Bladen County Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Star Telephone, Elizabethtown Airport, the Bladen Journal and Signlogic. This year for the first time several students participated in online job shadowing via Skype. These students had chosen video game designer and animator as their career choice.Each student had a series of questions they had developed prior to the day for their site host. Most of the questions were about educational requirements for the job, how to submit an application, what was a normal day at work like, and how decisions were made. All students conducted themselves in a professional manner and were well disciplined. Many seemed ready to step-into the role of their career objective that day. However, the one resounding message site host gave to students was stay in school, graduate with your diploma, and if possible, continue your education at the post-secondary level. When students completed their job shadowing time, all returned to the Powell-Melvin Ag Building for a presentation by Tiina Mundy of Bladen Community College and Stacie Kinlaw of Bladen County 4-H titled, "Job Interviews: What Not to Wear."


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