Job Shadowing Students

Over 40 Vernon High School seniors got to see what a “day in the life” of their possible career choice looked like today, as they shadowed employees at approximately 22 local businesses. The businesses ranged from a hair salon to a bank, a real estate office, an accounting firm, and the fire station and police department.

All of the students participating in the job shadowing are currently taking CTE classes, and after taking a survey they were paired with a local business in their career field, or one closest to their chosen career field. The students spent this morning shadowing an employee, or employees, at the business.

This afternoon, students returned to the classroom for a roundtable discussion where they explained who they shadowed, what they saw and/or did, what they learned, and how they felt about the career after spending some time with someone in the real world.

Some students who shadowed elementary teachers were able to help some of the children and are still planning on becoming teachers, while someone who shadowed therapists at the Wilbarger General Hospital Rehab Department decided they liked occupational therapy more than physical therapy. Three students visited the WGH Radiology Department and while two are still interested in radiology, the third realized she wanted to stick with nursing. She is currently in the high school CNA/MA classes.

The student who shadowed at the Vernon PD still wants to be in law enforcement, but unsure if he would want to be a detective, while the student who was at the Vernon Fire Department is all in on becoming a firefighter/EMT.

The students were also able to ask who they were shadowing about the education needed for their position. For some, having a high school diploma was enough, while others needed a certification and some needed college degrees.

Vernon ISD would like to thank all of the businesses who allowed our students to come into their building and shadow employees.

The students and businesses who took part in the job shadowing event were:

-- Addison Ballard, Vernon Elementary

-- Alexia Calderon & Tri Wit, Wolff Chiropractor

-- Alyce Vandiver & Carlos Castillo, Advance Rehab & Healthcare

-- Amya Chavira, WGH ER

-- Annaka Rejino & Juanita Salazar, VC Softball Coach Lyndsey Linscomb

-- Antw’Nyai Taylor, Litzy Ayala & Merci Sandoval, WGH Radiology

-- Ariel Reyes & Brooklyn Nobriga, WGH 3rd Floor Nursing

-- Brayden Waggoner, Waggoner National Bank

-- Brooke Kapchinski & Karissa Mejia, Sheer Elegance – Sydni Lee

-- Case Fleming & Shyne Rodriguez, AEP Linemen

-- Christian Martinez, Taylor Paint & Body Shop

-- Danyia Nieta, Harley Lewis & Whitney Rushing, McCord Elementary

-- Ella Gray, Don Ross Malone Law Firm – Chris Lehman

-- Greg Newton, Power Plant

-- Jaden Martinez, Kameron Plyler & Tralon Thomas, Fancher Electric

-- Jairy Vasquez, WGH Surgery Department

-- James Lopez, Auto Kraft Collision & Repair – Heath Smith

-- Javier Sandoval & Ruben Corona, Pearson Livestock Equipment

-- Jaxon Cochran, WGH Laboratory

-- Kaiden Ortiz, Moore, Truelove, Pharis, Myers & Marsh CPAs

-- Keyshawn Edwards, Vernon Fire Department

-- Layla Trinidad, Home & Hill Real Estate – Sally Curtis

-- Liliana Balderas, WGH Rehabilitation Department

-- Nay Moo, Butch’s Guns

-- Preston Overby, Vernon Police Department

-- Terra Stanfill, Vernon ISD – Kathy McClellan

-- Ulices Trejo, Atmos Energy