DIXFIELD – Members of the Dirigo High School class of 2006, through the Four Paws Program, had the opportunity to job shadow recently.

Nearly 100 percent of 92 juniors participated in the second annual Job Shadow program. The one-day activity involved juniors and their respective homeroom teachers, who spent several sessions to research, decide, make arrangements and initiate a job/career shadowing experience.

The designated day was April 27. However, a number were able to reschedule their job shadow experience to either an earlier or later date, as requested by the work site, as a means to ensure a better experience.

The students participated in shadowing experiences in the SAD 21 communities, Farmington, Lewiston/Auburn, Rumford, Bethel, Oxford Hills, Portland and outside the state.

Students shadowed various occupations and careers involving construction, auto design, medical career fields, culinary arts/food service, business management and administration, technology, firefighting, law enforcement, social services, elementary education and broadcasting/communications.

The juniors were required to do an on-site survey/interview of their experience, bring back “evidence” of their shadowing and send a thank-you note to their contact/supervisor.

Participants meeting all shadowing guidelines will receive a certificate of participation and 25 cents credit toward their high school transcript. A variety of students will be asked to exhibit and inform SAD 21 board members of their experience in the near future.

Questions and more information about the program can be directed to the high school office at 562-4251.

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