Howell High School Student Receives Job Offer After Participating in Job Shadow Day
Howell, MI: High school students from across the county recently participated in Livingston ESA’s Career Development Department’s Job Shadow Day.
Livingston County Job Shadow Day is a one-day experience for high school students in Livingston County that connects students with local employers. Students participating in Job Shadow Day spent a “day in the life” of professionals in industries like manufacturing, skilled trades, IT, healthcare, and business.
Twice per year, Job Shadow Day takes students’ learning outside of the four walls of the classroom and allows them to see how academics directly relates to their future career possibilities. Since the event started four years ago, over 70 businesses from Livingston County have participated, offering students insight into different industries, career paths, and skills that employers value, and area businesses with the opportunity to help nurture their future workforce.
Michelle Radcliffe, Executive Director for Career Development at Livingston ESA, said, “We appreciate our incredible industry partners and what they do so that our students can experience possible career paths. It's exciting to learn about the connections made for students and businesses!”
One of the highlights of this year’s event was Howell High School student Manuel Amituanai-Ascencio, who shadowed a Service Advisor and an Auto Technician at Brighton Ford. He learned what the positions involved and how being hired into entry-level positions can lead to further career opportunities. Steve Gloshen and Scott Green, Service Director and Human Resources Recruiter, respectively, from Brighton Ford, were so impressed with Amituanai-Ascencio’s enthusiasm throughout the day that they asked him to complete a job application. Green said, “We interviewed Manny at that time and offered him an opportunity to work part-time for Brighton Ford.”
Laura Hoehn, Career and College Readiness Coordinator for Livingston ESA, said, “We are so excited about the enthusiasm surrounding Job Shadow Day, both from the students and the employers. It is an awesome opportunity for students to network and connect in our community. We hope to continue to have success stories like Manny’s in future program years!”
The Career and College Readiness program is part of Livingston ESA’s Career Development department and works collaboratively with various community sectors toward a common goal. We are continually forming partnerships with employers, higher education, government, and youth-serving entities to align strategies and create a strong, educated, and adaptable workforce in Livingston County.
If you want to know more about Job Shadow Day, please contact Laura Hoehn, Career & College Readiness Coordinator for the Livingston Educational Service Agency, at 517.540.6807 or LauraHoehn@LivingstonESA.org.