County Will Host Students Monongahela Middle School Students To Job Shadow
(Woodbury, NJ) - The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today that on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 several county departments will host students from Monongahela Middle School in Deptford Township as participants in the 2010 Job Shadow Day.
"This will be the county's fourth year participating in the program and the feedback we always hear is that the students get a lot out of the experience," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "Students learn about different aspects of law enforcement, social work and other governmental operations and it gives them a perspective on careers in public service and how they might be able to help people," Sweeney said.
This year 17 students chosen from the Seventh and Eighth Grades will learn about county operations in Consumer Protection, Veterans Affairs, Senior Services, Elections, the Prosecutor's Office and the Surrogate's Office.
Students are chosen based on their academic excellence. The students "shadow" workplace mentors as they go through a normal day on the job. Students get to see firsthand how the skills learned in school relate to the workplace creating an opportunity for students to be exposed to various career options they otherwise might not have the chance to explore.
"The purpose of the program is to give students a look at the work world by spending a day with mentors," said Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr. "When we show our students how valuable their education is to shaping their skills for their future in the work force we are helping them prepare for success," said Brigandi, liaison to the Department of Education.