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In partnership with Byron High School, throughout 2016 141 students were placed into job shadow positions for a day within our area businesses. 56 unique businesses and organizations across all different fields and industries participated to provide the students these critical real-world experiences.
Of the students that participated, 26% noted this was their first experience in a work environment, and 85% reported that the experience helped them to identify whether or not they would pursue the career they shadowed in the future.
Of the businesses that hosted the student job shadows, 65% felt that they or their organization directly benefited from the experience, noting that:
- “We see job shadows as a way to promote the pursuit of careers in our business, which helps to develop future employees.”
- “It was nice for us to sit down and tell them not only what we do, but WHY we do it.”
- “It allowed us the opportunity to share our company's mission and vision with the youth that could potentially participate in our market sector.”
- We gained “the ability to say that we are doing our part to help address the workforce issue in the greater Rochester area.”