One of ACDC’s long range economic development strategies is connecting students with adults that choose to live in Atchison County. For the students (our future workforce), these interactions can create both a stronger sense of place and a connection to adults that can help them establish careers here. For businesses, these contacts can potentially become valuable employees.
Last year, ACDC coordinated the first county-wide job shadowing day for AC Seniors. This program gives students a better grasp of the variety of businesses and the avenues available to earn a quality living in Atchison County. It also creates an opportunity for students to interact with adults that they might not otherwise encounter. This year, we added a day for AC Juniors as well.
ACDC’s 2017 job shadowing program, held on March 29 and April 19, connected 38 AC Juniors and 41 AC Seniors with 33 AC businesses and organizations. Students shadowed over 60 different occupations.
ACDC wishes to thank all the businesses and organizations that hosted students (and many others that offered): AC Library, AC Mail, AC Sheriff’s Office, AC Veterinary Clinic, Atchison-Holt Electric Coop, Bob Dunekacke, C&M Equipment, CARE of Atchison County/Jennifer Kelly, Cherished Cherubs, Comfort Counseling, Community Hospital-Fairfax, Em’s Emporium, Fairfax High School, Flower Mill, Gavilon Grain, Hurst Farms, Hurst Greenery, Kelly’s Welding, Kids Corner, Law Office of Brett Hurst, Little Jays Preschool, Ma & Pa Automotive, Meek & Sons, Midwest Data, Minter Funeral Chapels, Pleasant View, RP Family Medical Center, Senior Life Solutions, Stoner Drug, Tarkio Elementary School, Tarkio Avalanche, and The Walnut Shop.
Thanks also to neighboring AC employers Cooper Nuclear and Golden Triangle.