Local businesses and professionals took time out of their busy schedule to be mentors and provide career shadowing opportunities for members of the High School High Tech program (HSHT) at Port St Joe High School. HSHT is partially funded by the ABLE Trust and Vocational Rehabilitation and is carried out through Dyslexia Research Institute in Tallahassee. After spending time with their mentors the students, mentors, some of their parents, and representatives from the ABLE Trust and Dyslexia Research Institute met for lunch at the Sunset Coastal Grill to share their experiences. The students were placed with mentors in careers that they have an interest in pursuing. This shadowing gives them an opportunity to determine if that career is a path they might want to pursue. It also allows them to meet potential employers and for employers to meet them for employment in the Summer Internship program.

All students are sophomores, juniors and seniors at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. In order to participate in the paid internship program this summer, the HSHT students had to earn enough points through participation in HSHT events and programs and doing community service throughout the year. These students have already reached that goal and are eligible for the summer jobs to learn workforce skills. Students who were awarded a computer, or if they already had earned a computer received a gift certificate for meeting or exceeding the number of points were Joe Price, Rayanna Smith, Cameron Pryor, Corey Williams and Torey Williams.

The students and businesses and professionals who participated in the Career Shadowing Day were: Rayanna Smith-Early Learning Center; Arnisha Harris-Novak Law Office; John Keigans-Seahorse Safari; Katie Noble-Sunset Coastal Grill; Joe Price-Hungry Howies; Cameron Pryor-ARC; Jak Riley-St. Joe Golf Club; Fairpoint Communications-Carl Sheline and Reed Smith; Corey Williams-Hooper Photography (Debbie Hopper) and Torey Williams-Sheriff Department (Officer Larry Dickey). Lynn Hauck spent real quality time matching up the students with the various businesses and professionals and everyone had a great day. Mentors and students shared their experiences for the shadowing.

HSHT deeply appreciates all the mentors giving of their time to expose these students to the workforce world.