USAFE hosts Job Shadow Day

by Jennifer Dailey-Perkins
U.S. Air Forces in Europe School Liaison Office

U.S. Air Forces in Europe installations will observe Job Shadow Day Feb. 1, with the theme “Connecting Classrooms and Careers.”

In partnership with Department of Defense Dependents Schools – Europe,  students and home-schooled students will have the opportunity to see the world of work close up and connect their studies to the workplace.

Military members and civilians across USAFE are getting ready for potentially 15,000 students to participate in this year’s Job Shadow Day which is taking place in conjunction with the 12th Annual National Groundhog Job Shadow Day, sponsored by the Department of Education and Department of Labor.

“By showing students potential careers in the Air Force we are forming future leaders and guaranteeing future mission success,” said Col. Dennis DeGraff, USAFE director of staff.

Personnel across USAFE will mentor students and show them the routine and rigor of a regular workday. Students will experience first hand how core classes, such as reading and mathematics, are fundamental in being successful in the workplace.

To reinforce the partnership between classrooms and careers, the USAFE School Liaison Office will sponsor an essay contest in the weeks following USAFE Job Shadow Day. Students in grades six to eight are invited to write an original essay on “What I Learned on Job Shadow Day and How It Will Impact My Future Career.”

Essay submissions must be e-mailed or dropped off at the School Liaison Office by Feb. 19.

Winners will be announced Feb. 22.

For more information on Job Shadow Day or the essay contest, contact the School Liaison Office at 480-9374.