STEM Academy students ‘shadow’ local employers

WORTON — Over the last two weeks, Kent County High School sophomores enrolled in the school’s STEM Academy participated in the annual “job shadowing” program by visiting local businesses that integrate the content and skills of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Meeting with staff and employers, students were able to “see what the actual day-to-day job is like in the real world,” said Zane Carter, a community volunteer who has managed the program since 2012.

The takeaways are vital for students at a pivotal time when they are considering a career path and planning for the secondary education they will need.

Carter accompanied the students on their visits.

He said, “The professionals not only tell about their role, but they provide insight into how that job has changed over time and where the field is headed. As more job opportunities get outsourced to other countries or replaced with automation and AI, it’s important for students to know if a specific career path will still be viable after graduation.”

Participating in this year’s program were Benchworks, Chesapeake CNC Manufacturing Center, Dixon Valve and Coupling Company, Eastman Specialties, Red Acres Hydroponics, University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, University of Maryland Extension and Washington College’s Geographic Information Systems program.

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