EHS students participated in Groundhog Job Shadow Day sponsored by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce on February 4.
Thirty-five students visited 16 businesses to learn more about specific job requirements, education, and skills related to their career interest.
Samantha Morrissey and Halee Burks chose Animal Care Center because they love animals and wanted to know more about animal-related careers.
"Any opportunity to help youth explore careers in veterinary medicine or related fields, we want to take advantage of," Veterinarian Justin Parsons at Animal Care Center said.
Jaiden Utz and Mackenzie Kenney observed routine procedures and met the office cat, Clyde, at Bluestem Animal Clinic.
"I enjoy teaching and seeing the excitement in their eyes," Veterinarian Bret Koonz at Bluestem Animal Clinic said.
Students benefit from the hands-on experience they receive during the job shadowing. For some, the experience reinforces their career plans. For others, it ignites a passion for a career choice they had not previously known about or considered.
Participating businesses included: Wilson Chiropractic, El Dorado Police Department, Emergency Medical Services, El Dorado Engineering, Animal Care Center, Bluestem Animal Clinic, Via Christi, Wells Design, Inc., USD 490, TrueCare Pharmacy, SunGroup Real Estate, SERC Therapy, James Hargrove Law Firm, El Dorado Family Clinic, El Dorado Family Dentistry, and Drechsler Construction.
Mackenzie Kenney and Jaiden Utz job shadow with
Brett Koonz at Bluestem Animal Clinic.