Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Registration Deadline:
Students - March 1, 2011
Host Volunteers - March 4, 2011

Event Date:
March 18, 2011

The Northern Virginia Technology Council, in conjunction with Fairfax County Public Schools, will host its 13th annual "Groundhog Job Shadow Day" on Friday, March 18, 2011. NVTC's Groundhog Job Shadow Day program gives students the opportunity to "shadow" executives, technology workers and workers that support the technology industry within NVTC member companies as they go through a normal day on the job. Job shadowing provides students an up-close look at how the skills they learn in school are put into action in the workplace, reinforcing the connection between academic achievement and career planning. At the same time, employers gain awareness of the potential talent of their future workforce in our local high schools and have the opportunity to assist high school students with their career planning.

Many thanks to NVTC members who have accepted the challenge and to those who have participated in NVTC's Groundhog Job Shadow Day in the past. Because of this generosity, the participation level has increased dramatically over the past seven years, with 20 students participating the first year to more than 130 students participating in recent years.

Volunteers are needed in a myriad of traditional career fields (accounting/finance/HR/etc.), but especially in the following areas: all aspects affecting homeland security/defense, engineering, graphic/web design, digital imaging, multimedia/TV production, network/computer security, nanotechnology, biotech, health technology, aerospace, PC support/Help Desk, network design/technician, PL/SQL and any other career field where you will have future needs. Startup companies are encouraged to volunteer so that students see the importance of entrepreneurship in this region. Each volunteer will receive a packet containing suggested activities for the day.

Beginning with a nationwide kickoff on February 2, 2011, and continuing throughout the school year, students across America will "shadow" workplace mentors as they go through a normal day on the job. The national job shadowing initiative is led by the National Job Shadow Coalition, which consists of America's Promise, Junior Achievement, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education.

If you have registered to be an employer host/volunteer and have not been contacted, please call Cara Kirby at 571-423-4502.

Hosting Companies Click Here to Register

Students: Please call Cara Kirby at 571-423-4502

For further information contact Cara Kirby: cara.kirby@fcps.edu or 571-423-4502.