News: Students follow, mentors lead, careers pursued
Story by Lance Cpl. Cayce Nevers
IWAKUNI, Japan - Matthew C. Perry High School students tailed several station employees, both civilians and Marines, in order to learn more about potential careers as part of Job Shadow Day here June 3.
The Marines and civilians cooperated and worked hand-in-hand with Shirley M. Cottle, the Advancement Via Individual Determination coordinator, Joann Sellers, an AVID teacher, and Erin D. Ramey, an AVID teacher, to organize and bring together Marines, civilian employees and students fascinated with the different careers.
“The AVID program prepares students for college and the work force,” said Ramey. “It was a perfect day for students to experience different careers and really get a hands-on approach to assorted career types so they can ask questions and see what really goes on.”
Job Shadow Day was mainly for the AVID students, although, all students were able to participate with the submission of an application.
Each student who participated entered an application before being selected to partake in the half-day long event.
Once selected, the students created a resume which the students gave to the mentor to whom they were assigned.
The Job Shadow Day had several participating civilian employees and Marines including, chefs, teachers, lawyers, librarians and more.
“I think it was a good experience for us to see what we want to be when we grow up and if it’s really what we want to do,” said Bailey M. Jones, an M.C. Perry High School seventh-grader.
Seven students were sent with John J. Roles, Club Iwakuni catering manager, to learn the job of a club worker and chef.
They were taken all over the building from the administration office to the kitchen.
To further explain their job, Roles introduced the students to the executive chef, Ginna Benke.
Benke answered and explained in detail the different chef positions and the roles each chef plays in the club.
“If you want to be a chef this is a good experience,” said Lauren A. Reed, an M.C. Perry High School seventh-grader. “It prepares you for what it’s like to be a chef.”
While the seven students took time exploring the kitchen, Samantha J. Herritt, an M.C. Perry High School 10th-grader, spent time in the classroom learning the in and outs of teaching the second grade.
“I have wanted to be a teacher since I was little,” Herritt said. “I thought that maybe if I got to see how the teachers do it, it would make me want to do it more.”
Herritt decided after reading to the secondgraders, she wanted to teach the third grade or middle school children.
After Herritt read the story, the children were released to recess where she talked to them until lunch time.
At the end of the Job Shadow Day, the students met at the club to enjoy a refreshing meal.
Overall, the children learned information about possible future careers by sticking close to and asking questions to the assigned mentors they were shadowing.