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Groundhog Day comes early to Xavier’s campus

University hosts a job shadow day for local eighth-grade students

01/28/03

More than 30 students from Roberts Paideia Academy in Cincinnati’s Price Hill neighborhood are coming to the University on Friday, Jan. 31, to take part in the Groundhog Job Shadow Day. The eighth-graders are matched with University faculty and staff and go to work with them for part of the day. “We have a wide variety of people who volunteered to host the students,” says Gail Mahon, human resources assistant. “We have people from physical plant, administrators, WVXU, the television center and faculty.” This is the fifth year the University has participated in the program. Students gather at 9:45 a.m. at the Cintas Center to meet the person they are shadowing. They then spend about two-and-a-half hours “on the job” before returning to the Cintas Center for a luncheon. The goal is to help the students understand how the things they are learning in the classroom apply to the skills used in real life jobs. The first job shadow day was conducted in Boston in 1996. In 1997, the national job shadow coalition was formed to encourage participation in a shadowing initiative across the United States. More than 100,000 businesses and organizations across the country are taking part in this year’s event. For more information, please contact Mahon at 513 745-3632.