|February 16, 2017
Kicking Horse Job Corp students shadow local professionals
From Kicking Horse Job Corps
CSKT Health employee Jennifer Morigeau, RN (center), shows William Nez, KHJC Nursing Assistant student (right), how to take receptionist Alicia Howell's blood pressure as part of patient intake. (KHJC Graphic Arts Club photo)
CHARLO —You may have woken up to the news that Punxsutawney Phil predicted a cold and gloomy six weeks but for students at Kicking Horse Job Corps (KHJC), the future was bright!
Groundhog’s Day is also Ground Hog Job Shadowing Day (GHJSD). Twenty-two students from KHJC ‘job shadow’ experts in their field of study at several different local businesses and facilities. Industry professionals demonstrated what the students’ future holds for them. From medical to automotive, heavy equipment operating to culinary arts, students experienced the hard and rewarding work awaiting them if they remain committed to their studies.
Julia Thomas, a Facilities Maintenance student from Missoula, who shadowed at CSKT Maintenance said, “The best part of my day was learning more about facility maintenance,” and doing actual hands-on work.
For student Leilani Whitehorse, a Pharmacy Technician student and Chippewa Cree tribal member from Polson, said getting to sit down for an hour long talk and get advice from the pharmacist helped her see a clearer path to becoming a pharmacist. Jeanine Thomas of St. Luke’s Pharmacy department said Whitehorse asked appropriate questions. “We enjoyed having her with us,” said Thomas.
Jennifer Morigeau, RN, said William Nez, a Nursing Assistant student from Arizona, was “very enjoyable” as they rotated him through various patient care situations. Nez feels he gained experience and first-hand knowledge of what he’s actually going to be doing after he graduates.
CSKT Health, Forestry and Maintenance departments; St. Luke Community Healthcare; Providence St. Joseph Medical Center; Les Schwab; Lake City Bakery; Polson School District; Mission Healing Arts; Walgreens; Ninepipes Lodge’s Allentown Restaurant; and Total Automotive participated in the Job Shadowing event.
According to Job Corps, GHJSD is a national initiative to engage America’s students in employment settings, and to engage businesses and organizations in youth development. The initiative encourages students around the country to “job shadow” workplace mentors as they go through a normal day on the job. Since 1996, the National Job Shadow Coalition has encouraged young people across the country to explore their futures through career awareness and mentoring opportunities.
Kicking Horse Job Corps serves American youth aged 16 through 24 who may be academically or economically disadvantaged, unemployed, and/or lack the necessary skills and knowledge to become gainfully employed. The Job Corps program at Kicking Horse provides Career Technical Training Skills, education, work experience, counseling, health care, and other support services in a residential setting which ensures a safe and secure environment. The primary aim is to help the enrollees to become responsible adults, to obtain and hold productive jobs, to return to school or further training, or to satisfy Armed Forces’ entrance requirements.
For more information about Kicking Horse, call 406-644-2217, or plan to attend the Spring Open House on April 26.