Community comes together for Job Shadow Day experience

In preparation for the 2016 Job Shadow Day, 121 juniors at Kenai Central High School spent several months researching careers and preparing business portfolios, including job applications, résumés, and cover letters. The unit culminated with individualized, first-hand workplace experiences with local business hosts from across the Central Peninsula. KCHS students and staff would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the individuals, agencies, and businesses that helped to support this program and to make this such a positive experience for students.

Special thanks go to the following Job Shadow committee members for organizing this annual event: Johna Beech and Gloria Ungrue at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center; Rachel O’Brien and Matt Barndt at the Peninsula Job Center; Krista Timlin at Kenai Peninsula College; and Holly Zwink and Bob Baskin at Kenai Central High School.

Thanks also to Kelly Gifford and Stephanie Queen for speaking and passing on their wisdom at the luncheon, and to Bruce Jackman for being Master of Ceremonies; Brent Olsen of Tesoro and Patty Eissler of Peninsula Community Health Services for assisting with job shadow orientation; Arby’s, McDonald’s, Paradisos, and Coca Cola for donating food for the luncheon; and Sam Strange, Lisa Gabriel, Melodie Epperheimer Misty Hamilton, Laura Beeson, and Margo Reilly of KCHS for helping behind the scenes with organization and transportation.

Thanks to all of these businesses and organizations for donating their time and expertise to host and mentor students: Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Waste, Artistic Puppy, Artworks, Beemuns, Big G Electric, Blue Moose Bed & Biscuit, Central Alaska Engineering, Central Peninsula Hospital, City of Kenai, Dena’ina Wellness Center, Dermatology and Skin Cancer Clinic of Alaska, Priebe Orthodontics, Glacier City Barbershop, Hall Quality Builders, Homer Electric Association, Jack White Real Estate – Soldotna, Jasmin’s Hair Design, K&A Design Studio, Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Science, Kenai Aviation, Kenai Catering, Kenai Community Library, Kenai Fire Department, Kenai Middle School, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Peninsula Construction Academy, Kenai Peninsula Orthopaedics, Kenai Police Department, Kenai Sports & Chiropractic, Kenai Veterinary Hospital, Kenneth Cole Law Offices, Lee Gattenby Music, Little People’s Education Center, Main Street Hotel Tap & Grill, Mountain View Elementary, Mykel’s Restaurant, Northern Technology Group, Peak Oilfield Services, Peninsula Clarion, Peninsula Memorial Chapel, River City Wellness Center, Soldotna High School, Soldotna Police Department, Soldotna Prep School, Stanley Ford, State Farm Insurance, State of Alaska District Attorney’s Office, Tesoro Alaska, Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic, United States Army Recruiters, United States Post Office – Kenai.

Thanks again to everyone in this community who generously donated their time and effort to help these students take the next step to explore their future educational and career goals!