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  • Shadow day students jump into jobs

  • Students from Pittsburg High School had the chance to try potential careers on for size Wednesday during a shadow day event that incorporated about 85 area businesses and professionals.

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  • Students from Pittsburg High School had the chance to try potential careers on for size Wednesday during a shadow day event that incorporated about 85 area businesses and professionals.
    More than 200 students spent time around town learning firsthand about potential careers and whether those are jobs they would like to pursue.
    “Some of the students were talking about what a great time they had,” said Pittsburg High School teacher Koeta Bryant after the event.
    “We have actually had some students who have gotten summer jobs or a promise of a job at a later time from these shadow days,” she said of past events.
    She said others discover the jobs aren’t for them.
    “We have some students who find out, ‘Hey, this is not what I want to do,’” Bryant said.
    Six students went to the Pittsburg Cosmetology location of Fort Scott Community College.
    “They learned about what the industry offers,” said instructor Fawn Lallemand. “We just basically went over the background of what we do here.”
    Students got to learn and experience during their shadow day.
    “I’ve always been interested in hair styling and makeup,” said Molly Lundberg. “Right now I’m getting my nails done and in a little while I’m getting my hair and bangs trimmed.”
    Student David Carlen also was preparing for a haircut and browsed potential options via computer as he looked for a cut that would be an experience.
    “It’s more than just hair, makeup and nails,” he said. “I’ve been one for art and I find that hair is an art too.”
    Lallemand said shadow day is valuable for the students and school, and that the shadow day students get a good sense of the school when cosmetology students practice salon services on shadow day students.
    “It’s better to just get them in and show them what the students do,” she said.
    Other students were thrown right into working within their shadow jobs.
    Spencer Schubert shadowed Pitt State Videographer Jacob Anselmi and learned about the job’s many possibilities before taking some shots himself at a campus event.
    “I’ve been trying to let Spencer know what I do here and the possibilities,” said Anselmi, who said he anticipated being in news as a videographer before Pittsburg State created a videographer position.
    “News was where it was at and what I thought I’d do,” he said.
    Schubert said he had enjoyed learning about the progression of cameras and the technology available, and later got to shoot video of the annual Apple Pie and Dessert Competition judging using the GoProHero3.
    “That’s probably the most state-of-the-art piece of equipment I have,” Anselmi said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Matthew McMaster also got real experience with university equipment at the same event during his shadow experience with the marketing and communication office.
    “He’s letting us try it out,” McMaster said of Malcolm Turner. “It’s pretty fun.”
    Bryant said students took surveys to determine potential career interests, and the Business Education Alliance makes calls to set students up with hosts.
    “A lot of people put a lot of time and effort into it,” Bryant said.
    Students Miranda Moore and Rachyl Russian shadowed with The Morning Sun. Their coverage of the Apple Pie and Dessert Competition can be found in today’s paper.

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