In preparation for the 2015 Job Shadow Day, 100 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: the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center; Rachel O’Brien and Diana Spann at the Peninsula Job Center; Krista Timlin at Kenai Peninsula College; and Kyle Cater, Holly Zwink, and Meredith McCullough at Kenai Central High School.
Thanks also to Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and Mike Crawford for speaking at the luncheon; Rachel O’Brien for helping students prepare their résumés; Patty Eissler of Central Peninsula Hospital and Brent Olson of Tesoro Corp. for assisting with job shadow orientation; Tim Navarre for organizing donations for the luncheon from Arby’s, McDonalds, Paradisos, and Coca-Cola; and Margo Reilly, Briana Randle, Patti Lawyer, Jordan Brown, Sam Strange, Lisa Gabriel, Melodie Epperheimer, and Misty Hamilton 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: Affinity Salon & Spa, Alaska State Troopers, Artistic Puppy, Big G Electric, Central Peninsula Hospital, Dena’ina Wellness Center, Dermatology & Skin Cancer Clinic of Alaska, Gotta Have Desserts, Halcyon, Hammer Tax, Homer Electric Association, Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Science, Kenai Middle School, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Peninsula Construction Academy, Kenai Police Department, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Kenai Veterinary Hospital, KSRM Inc., Little People’s Education Center, MARC, Maxim Hair Design, Mayor Porter, Mountain View Elementary, Mykel’s Restaurant, Northern Technology Group, Peak Oilfield Services, Peninsula Clarion, Peninsula Memorial Chapel, State of Alaska District Attorney’s Office, State of Alaska Department of Correction’s Kenai Probation Office, Soldotna Chiropractic & Therapeutic Massage, Soldotna High School, Soldotna Police Department, Tesoro, The Fitness Place, Time’s Janitorial, Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic, Waddell & Reed Financial Services, and Wince-Corthell-Bryson Consulting Engineers.
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!
Mr. Alan Fields, Principal
Kenai Central High School