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Virtual job-shadow opportunities available

All Districts – How can the cold be helpful to a plumber? How do you create a marketing campaign for a product? How can a few rips and tears change the design of a tutu? 

These are just some of the behind-the-scenes tips that hundreds of area high school students have received by participating in Groundhog Shadow Day, offered by Kent ISD’s Career Readiness department. 

The job-shadowing event, which was cancelled last year due to COVID-19, will be offered virtually this year on Feb. 5. Students in grades 9-12 will be able to explore more than 120 career fields such as healthcare, construction, law enforcement, manufacturing, engineering, interior design, education, graphic design and hospitality. 

Three 60-minute, virtual job-shadow slots will be available, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Teachers may sign up an entire class or individual students may register for their own job shadow. 

More details and a registration link are available at kentisd.org/groundhog. The registration deadline is Jan. 24.

Manufacturing careers are just a portion of the more than 120 career fields students can shadow at this year’s virtual Groundhog Shadow Day (file photo)
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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma covers Kent ISD and Godwin Heights. She was born in the Detroit area but grew up in Brighton where she attended Hartland Public Schools. The salutatorian for the Class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism and minored in photography and German. She expanded her color palette to include orange and black as both her daughters graduated from Byron Center Public Schools; maroon and white for Aquinas College where her daughter studies nursing and also brought back blue and maize for Grand Rapids Community College where her youngest daughter currently is studying music. Read Joanne's full bio


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