Middle school students shadow mentors

COUNTY — Each year, SDPC middle school students have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing. The district’s Job Shadow 2011 officially began last week as Pickens Middle students shadowed workplace mentors across the county.
Job Shadow 2011, in its 14th year, kicked off nationally on February 2. The year-long initiative gives students across America the chance to “shadow” a workplace mentor on the job for a day. This effort provides young people with an up-close look at how skills learned in school are put to use in the workplace.
“The district’s participation in this national program provides an opportunity for our middle school students to explore a career they are interested in by talking with a career mentor and going into the workplace,” said Danny Fahey, school-to-work facilitator. “It is a great experience, and we invite students, parents and businesses to participate.”
Students will participate in Job Shadow 2010 on these dates:
Pickens Middle — Feb. 4
Gettys Middle (sixth grade) — Feb. 11
Gettys Middle (seventh grade) — Feb. 18
Edwards Middle — Feb. 18
Liberty Middle — Feb. 25
Dacusville Middle — March 4
In Pickens County, hundreds of businesses mentor to SDPC middle school students. Businesses include Palmetto Health and Cannon Memorial hospitals, Pickens County Sheriff’s Department, Clemson University, and many local governmental departments. Businesses that would like to participate should contact Fahey at 864-397-1018.
Visit the SDPC website at for more information.