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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
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools 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. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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