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Area children shadow University staff and faculty

Seventeen Xavier employees volunteer for Groundhog Job Shadow Day on Wednesday, Feb. 2

01/31/05

Xavier University, with the support of Junior Achievement and the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, will host 20 eighth grade students for Groundhog Job Shadow Day on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

The students are from Woodland Middle School in Taylor Mill, Ky. They will arrive at 10:00 a.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center and spend about two-and-a-half hours on the job with Xavier faculty and staff before returning to the Cintas Center for lunch.

This is the seventh year Xavier has participated in the program. The goal is to help the students understand how the things they are learning in the classroom apply to the skills used in "real" jobs. Seventeen Xavier employees have volunteered to be part of the program this year.

“We have a wide variety of people who volunteered to host the students,” said Gail Mahon, an assistant in the office of human resources. “We have people from physical plant, administrators, WVXU, the television center and faculty.”

The first local 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.

“This is a very positive experience for the children and the volunteer hosts,” Mahon said.