Students from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School participating in the Florida High School/High Tech of Gulf County Club participated in the 12th Annual Career Shadowing Day on March 13. Nine students shadowed employees from local businesses and learned about the businesses’ career field.

The students ended the Career Shadowing day with a delicious lunch at the St. Joe Golf Club with their mentors.

Sand and Spur stables owned by Karmin Walker gave Paige Amerson and Chasity Kaleta-Gonzalez a picture of what a career working with horses is about. The riding is great, but they spent a good amount of time mucking out the stables and doing the everyday chores that are required in this business.

Several students were interested in floral design. Ciera Rice spent the morning at Design by Dorann learning how to make flower arrangements. Judy Scott, the Piggly Wiggly florist, showed Ashley Eubanks all about flowers and flower designing.

The Humane Society hosted JT Mork and Vinson Goldsborough as they worked with the cats and dogs at The Humane Society. Gatlin Ives, director, is excited about the possibility of them returning in the summer for a summer internship.

On the technical side, Nick Ward spent them morning working with graphic design at Coast 2 Coast Printing. Steve Kerrigan’s staff showed him different aspects of design. Kelly Houk was intrigued by her visit with Tim Croft at The Star and all the different skills, not just writing, that are needed to put together a weekly paper.

Alex Henderson of Monumental Fabrications showed Patrick Cullen how welding can be used in both practical life and as an art form.

All in all, it was a great day for the students.

Florida High School High Tech of Gulf County is a program facilitated by the Dyslexia Research Institute and partially funded by The Able Trust and Vocational Rehabilitation and the Alfred I duPont Foundation. Dr. Pat Hardman is the director. Robyn A. Rennick is the Program Director. The program serves high school students at PSJHS. The program gives them opportunities to explore many career options.

Thanks to all the businesses and mentors who gave the HSHT students an opportunity to learn about the variety of career opportunities that they might have right here in PSJ. The students are preparing for the Summer Internships where different businesses will provide a job opportunity during the summer. The HSHT program pays the students a salary as the businesses have them engaged in work, just like any other employee. The students learn what it takes be a good employee and advance in different careers. If you are interested in providing a work opportunity, please contact Robyn A. Rennick at 229-8989.