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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Nearly 50 eighth graders from schools around the Upper Valley will spend the morning of Wednesday, March 26, in 16 different Dartmouth College areas of operation as part of the annual "Job Shadow Day" run by the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership (UVBEP).
The 16 workplaces are among approximately 170 Upper Valley workplaces that will host students tomorrow and the more than 300 that have done so during the nine years the program has existed locally. The local program is part of a national effort that last year allowed more than one million of America's youth to explore more than 100,000 employers last year.
Dartmouth is a valuable member of the program not just for the number of students it can accommodate but also for the categories of work it can expose them to, said UVBEP Executive Director Kathi Terami. "We are fortunate to have the college as a host because there are some fields represented by the college that students couldn't otherwise explore," she said. Areas such as marine biology and professional sports coaching are among those fields that young people find appealing but aren't readily available through other Upper Valley employers, she said.
The Dartmouth workplaces hosting students this year include the Hanover Inn, the Child Care Center, the Department of Athletics, the Tuck School of Business, the Thayer School of Engineering, and - in its ninth straight year as a host - the Department of Biological Sciences, which will send its six student visitors to the Murdough Greenhouse and to labs involved with work with nematodes, lizards, and fruit flies.
This is the first year Dartmouth's Office of Human Resources has directly organized the college's participation. In a new twist, that office will bring the whole group of 50 together at lunchtime for a presentation on what students can do during middle school and high school to prepare for careers to which they aspire.
"Hopefully, we can provide them with the opportunity to see how the skills they learn in school can be applied outside the classroom, and give them the chance to gain some insight into careers they can pursue in the future," said Kerry Jones, director for workforce planning and organizational effectiveness for Dartmouth's Office of Human Resources.
Students coming to Dartmouth this year are from Claremont (NH) Middle School, the Frances C. Richmond School in Hanover, Indian River School in Enfield, NH, Lebanon (NH) Junior High School, Lyme (NH) School, and Thetford (VT) Academy.
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