Career Exploration Programs

Student Job Shadow Week

Job shadows are experiential work opportunities where a student shadows a professional in the field they’re interested in for two or four-blocks. A low risk, high reward strategy, job shadows can quickly confirm for students that their chosen shadow experience is a field they want to pursue or, just as importantly, not pursue.

To promote job shadows, each February the Chamber EDC facilitates Job Shadow Week across Bismarck-Mandan. Area employers are encouraged to offer job shadow opportunities that are then promoted to high school and college students to experience that week.

In addition, Chamber EDC Staff are happy to help facilitate job shadows for area students throughout the year. Whether it’s during Job Shadow Week or another time, our members are always open to hosting students.

To learn more, contact Chamber EDC Workforce Development Coordinator Jaime Sabot at jsabot@bmcedc.com or (701) 223-5660.

 

 

Educator Experience

In addition to promoting career awareness to area students with the annual Student Job Shadow Week, the Chamber EDC also seeks to provide area educators with experiential learning opportunities through the annual Educator Experience program. After all, along with parents and counselors, our educators are ‘influencers’ who aid in the development of our students’ career paths.

The Educator Experience program places 20 educators in a week-long series of experiential learning sessions with area employers to educate them on the career opportunities available in Bismarck-Mandan’s most in-demand trades and occupations.

Providing our area teachers with hands-on career experience prepares them to bring that understanding into the classroom to provide their students with insight into the career paths that best fit their interests and skillsets. It’s a win-win as our employers showcase their industries and our educators gain access to in-demand work experiences.

To learn more about Educator Experience, please contact Chamber EDC Workforce Development Coordinator Jaime Sabot at jsabot@bmcedc.com or (701) 223-5660.