Four Bray-Doyle students peeked into the workplace during April as part of a nationwide job shadowing program.

School counselor Karolyn Koester and Duncan Workforce Center staff Marla Owens and Fran Bergeron and area professionals, coordinated the “reality lesson” for the youth.

Students were Jessica Balthrop and Robert Jansen, eighth-graders; and Jesse Tilley and Jessie Jolly, ninth-graders. Stephens County Courthouse, Oklahoma State University’s Stephens County Extension office, Duncan Regional Hospital and a local dentist, Rodney Nelson, DDS, opened doors to the youth.

Balthrop shadowed Nelson, while Jansen shadowed Max Gallaway, OSU Extension agent for Stephens County. Tilley spent time in the radiology department at Duncan Regional Hospital. He shadowed several DRH employees.

They were Kim Allenworth, ultrasound technician, Kristie Lynn, radiology technician, and George Cosper, nuclear medicine technician. Supervising Tilley’s day was Sheryl Rice.

At the courthouse, Jolly peeked into the justice system as she shadowed District Judge Joe Enos and his staff. Students were chosen by the Bray-Doyle educators.

Students discussed with Koester and Workforce staff about the experience. Evaluations were part of the process and they compared the skills they learned in school with the workplace world.

“It turned out to be a great experience for all involved and we believe the young people that participated in this process were given an up-close look at the world of work,” said Fran Bergeron of Duncan Workforce.

“It was an opportunity to motivate students to learn by demonstrating tangible application of classroom lessons.”

For information on the program, call Owens or Bergeron at the Duncan Workforce Center at 580-255-8950.

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