Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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DHS seniors shadow their desired career paths


Choosing a career and making plans for further education is a difficult task for most seniors in high school, especially when post-secondary education can be a massive financial burden and a time commitment.

However, the vast majority of the time, it is well worth the investment as it can make a big difference in career options and job advancement, income potential for many people. 

To help DHS seniors explore their options in depth, career information/education planning information was shared with students by School Counselor Patty Peacock and Director of the USD Talent Search Program–TRIO Marion Blue Arm through guidance and career classes. 

For the job shadowing experience, the seniors get to pick the career they’d like to learn more about.  During the actual day of ‘job shadowing’ they spend the day with someone in a career that interests them and that experience makes it more ‘real’ to the students. 

Often the students become more interested in finishing up high school and preparing themselves for that next step in their education as they can really picture themselves doing that job after they get to do this experience.

Within minutes of checking into Northern Hills Large Animal Vet Service in Sturgis, Alyssa Roark was cleaning the teeth of a horse that they later removed a bad tooth from. Photo by Patty Peacock

Lane Eaton works with a welder at Western Dakota Technical Institute. Photo by Patty Peacock

Khalen Martin spent the day with diesel mechanics at Rapid City Diesel. Photo by Patty Peacock

Through shadowing they get to see what the real workplace is like as well.  Many students have part-time jobs, but the day on the job in a career of their choice is may be very different.  Some examples from this trip include learning more about the career areas of nursing, diesel mechanic, athletic trainer, veterinarian tech/assistant, mortician, police detective, fireman, welder, physical therapist, etc.  The students had an excellent experience and many shared stories about their shadowing.  The TRIO program, directed by Ms. Marion Blue Arm, sets up these amazing experiences for the students and DHS furnishes the transportation.