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Fort Kent Community High School students take a trip to the working world

Joey Bard, left, facilities director at Northern Maine Medical Center, explains some basics of his work to FKCHS student Larry Nadeau, who job-shadowed Bard on Tuesday, May 8. (Courtesy of Fort Kent Community High School)

FORT KENT, Maine — Sophomore students at Fort Kent’s Community High School spent a recent day testing the waters of various careers with some first-hand experience.

On Tuesday, May 8, the entire class — 55 sophomores — participated in job site experiences in businesses from Presque Isle to Caribou, Fort Kent to Frenchville.

Upon arrival at school that day, learners boarded several buses that brought them to their chosen job shadow destinations. During their experiences, learners also gathered information about the type of schooling and training needed for job they were shadowing, as well as challenges and perks of the job.

Community High School sophomore Rebekah Nadeau wires flower picks during the school’s recent job shadow day. Nadeau worked with Elaine Labbe at Pelletier Florist in an experience facilitated by Craig Morneault. (Courtesy of Fort Kent Community High School)

Students shadowed many occupations, including doctors, optometrists, chiropractors, firefighters, EMT/paramedics, veterinarians, animal groomers, florists, automotive technicians, heavy diesel mechanics, computer repair technicians, fisheries biologists, journalists, media production specialists, law enforcement officers, customs and immigration officers, culinary artists, social workers and cosmetologists.

The group said they enjoyed their experiences and had much to share upon their return to school.

The 10th-grade team of teachers attributed the success of this yearly program to the many businesses throughout The County who agree to host students each year. The collaborative effort offers a unique educational experience for FKCHS students.

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