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Job Shadow Week Empowers Northwest High School 10th Graders with Real-World Insight

Jackson County, Feb 13 & 15, 2024

This week, 232 enthusiastic 10th-grade students from Northwest High School had the opportunity to participate in the highly successful Job Shadow Week, a collaborative initiative between Northwest High School and Junior Achievement. The event offered students a unique opportunity to explore over 70 different businesses throughout the Jackson County Community.

Job Shadow Week, an annual tradition, allows students to immerse themselves in a "day in the life" experience within their chosen career pathways. The initiative is a vital component of Northwest High School's commitment to providing practical insights that aid students in making informed decisions about their future career paths. The collaboration with Junior Achievement, led by Connie Poisson and her dedicated team, played a crucial role in organizing this two-day event, ensuring a seamless connection between students and local businesses.

The participating businesses generously opened their doors, allowing students to gain firsthand knowledge and insight into various professions. This immersive experience is instrumental in helping
students understand the dynamics of different jobs and careers before they conclude their high school journey.

"Job Shadow Week is an invaluable experience for our students. It not only exposes them to diverse career options but also helps in shaping their future educational and professional choices," said Randi Watts, College and Career Readiness Coordinator at Northwest High School. A heartfelt thank you is extended to the businesses that participated in Job Shadow Week, taking time out of their busy schedules to engage with the students. The list of businesses includes:

● 517 Salon
● ABC Academy
● ABC Bakery
● Advance Turning
● Animal Shelter
● Art Moehn
● Athletico
● Becks Flower
● Ben Whiting, Attorney at Law
● Brent Family Chiropractic
● Brooklyn Road Vet
● Cascades Humane
● Center for Family - WALK IN
● Center for Family Health
● Christoffs
● CNB Wealth
● Commonwealth Associates
● Computer Ties
● Courthouse
● Crossroads Vet
● Dirty Bird
● Dispatch
● Doll N Burger
● Dr Sheets
● Eaton Aerospace
● Ella Sharp Museum
● Five Forks
● G Force
● Garcia Lab
● Grand River
● Headliners
● Health Dept
● Howard Hanna
● Jackson Airport
● Jackson Fire Dept
● Jackson Police
● Jackson Speed
● Jackson Truck
● K and J Tire
● Knights
● Lifeways
● Little Rainbows
● McKibbin Media/ K105.3
● Miame Jarrett Photography
● Mid Michigan Medical
● My Eye Doctor
● Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists
● PC Solutions
● Personal Images
● Picture This
● Playful Paws
● Prestige
● Prime Cuts
● RJM Marketing and Design
● Roccis
● RW Mercer - JCISD Central Campus
● Sharp Park Academy
● Sheriff Dept
● Spring Arbor University
● Summit Fire
● Summit Podiatry
● Technique
● Ultimate Car Repair
● Vista Grand Villa
● Warner Elementary
● Xcel Staffing

The success of Job Shadow Week underscores the strong commitment of Junior Achievement, Northwest Community Schools, and the Jackson community to empower the next generation,
providing them with the tools and knowledge needed for a successful future.