Job shadowing opens windows into local careers: CCMS student sits in on OSF Golf Course meeting with mayor
Coffee County Middle School student CJ Frazier hits the ground running Monday job shadowing County Mayor David Pennington, left. Pictured with them are executive Roxanne Patton and 911 board member Joe Hinch. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)
The local workforce received a one-day manpower boon of up to 340 students job shadowing Monday from Coffee Middle School.
“This is a great program because it gives them a window into the real world,” said CCMS guidance counselor Gina Cleek about the program.
She said that the eighth grade puts a lot of work into career exploration. Students registering for classes at Central High School formulate a specific plan of study. CCMS eighth graders were notified of the job shadowing day in February. It was held at a later date after testing and when classes are winding down. The students are given a list of questions about the job, including job information, type of dress, schedule, and even the host’s input on the job.
Eighth grader CJ Frazier said that he wanted to try something new by shadowing County Mayor David Pennington. Frazier’s main job interests lie in law enforcement.
Early Monday at the mayor’s office, Frazier joined in a discussion with Pennington and 911 board member and former commissioner Joe Hinch about the Old Stone Fort Golf Course.
The discussion involved revisiting the possibility of leasing the course.
Pennington explained that a company wanted to lease the course when the state closed it almost two years ago. The deal breaker was a 30-day clause that allowed the state to resume running the course.
“That clause stopped this company from leasing it,” Pennington said.
“The gentleman in Smithville is still interested, so we are going to revisit it to see about that one clause and maybe put the golf course back in.”
Frazier was involved in scheduling meetings between Pennington, Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman and state Rep. Judd Matheny.
Frazier visited other county elected officials, including Sheriff Steve Graves, and visited the solid waste facility to see how the county sorts and recycles trash.
Cleek said that other students shadowed veterinarians, physicians, nurses as well as other careers in the area.