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RCSD seniors visit area companies for “Job Shadow Week”

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The pressure is on senior year to decide what you’ll do once that high school diploma is in your hand. Rochester City School District seniors leaving their classrooms all week to visit local companies and get some hands-on job experience.

The district says more than 100 students are this year participating in “Job Shadow Week”. Forty-six businesses built here or with branches in the Rochester region are participating to invite the students in and show them what work is actually like.

“You may assume, for example at Wegmans, you might be a cashier, but Wegmans has so many different opportunities—not only in their cashier or groceries, but in coding and programming, their chef culinary program,” explains Sheldon Cox, the executive director for RCSD’s Career and Technical Education Department.

“They are exiting school soon, so I want them to get as many opportunities, look at opportunities in Rochester,” he goes on to say. “Start thinking about what they want to do after high school and introduce companies to our students.”

News 8 meeting Wednesday’s group traveling to Mindex to learn about their work providing software services to major companies like Xerox all the way to student management for hundreds of New York’s school districts.

“I’m interested in technology, because I want to be a cyber security major, because it was like, I have more exposure to something that really engages me, but also made me pay attention to more detail,” explains Jakeem Riggs, a James Monroe High School senior.

“I’m really hoping for an internship. I want to get to know the company better. Obviously, Shadow Day is really great for that,” says East High School senior, Sky Justice.

Sky also adds he chose Mindex for the commitment he says he sees the company make to bettering the Greater Rochester region.

“I feel like Rochester is looked down upon a lot, because poverty-wise and our crime rates are very high—nationally ranked. But a lot of people don’t realize we are also one of the nation’s top ‘neighborly cities’, it’s called. We have a very high volunteer rate. So people love looking out for each other, and I want to be part of that community,” he explains to News 8’s Mikhaela Singleton.

The district says leaders also hope this will inspire some of these brilliant young minds to continue sharing their talents in the Rochester area even after graduation. Cox says many students who participate in Job Shadow Week have gone on to quickly get hired at the companies they visited.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The pressure is on senior year to decide what you’ll do once that high school diploma is in your hand. Rochester City School District seniors leaving their classrooms all week to visit local companies and get some hands-on job experience.

The district says more than 100 students are this year participating in “Job Shadow Week”. Forty-six businesses built here or with branches in the Rochester region are participating to invite the students in and show them what work is actually like.

“You may assume, for example at Wegmans, you might be a cashier, but Wegmans has so many different opportunities—not only in their cashier or groceries, but in coding and programming, their chef culinary program,” explains Sheldon Cox, the executive director for RCSD’s Career and Technical Education Department.

“They are exiting school soon, so I want them to get as many opportunities, look at opportunities in Rochester,” he goes on to say. “Start thinking about what they want to do after high school and introduce companies to our students.”

News 8 meeting Wednesday’s group traveling to Mindex to learn about their work providing software services to major companies like Xerox all the way to student management for hundreds of New York’s school districts.

“I’m interested in technology, because I want to be a cyber security major, because it was like, I have more exposure to something that really engages me, but also made me pay attention to more detail,” explains Jakeem Riggs, a James Monroe High School senior.

“I’m really hoping for an internship. I want to get to know the company better. Obviously, Shadow Day is really great for that,” says East High School senior, Sky Justice.

Sky also adds he chose Mindex for the commitment he says he sees the company make to bettering the Greater Rochester region.

“I feel like Rochester is looked down upon a lot, because poverty-wise and our crime rates are very high—nationally ranked. But a lot of people don’t realize we are also one of the nation’s top ‘neighborly cities’, it’s called. We have a very high volunteer rate. So people love looking out for each other, and I want to be part of that community,” he explains to News 8’s Mikhaela Singleton.

The district says leaders also hope this will inspire some of these brilliant young minds to continue sharing their talents in the Rochester area even after graduation. Cox says many students who participate in Job Shadow Week have gone on to quickly get hired at the companies they visited. Read More Local NewsRochesterFirst  

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