High school students from across East Texas took part in a job shadowing program Wednesday, facilitated by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.
"We do this for two reasons," said Henry Bell, chief operating officer for the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. "It helps both educators and businesses. Students learn the Tyler market, and businesses need employees. In the past, these students have gotten summer internships and could even start their careers."
Pine Cove Christian Camp in Tyler was one of the businesses where students shadowed.
"I thought this was what I wanted to do to begin with," Whitehouse High School student Taylor Balderas said. "Being in the meetings today and talking with (Brett Brewers, event coordinator for Pine Cove Christian Camp), it just seemed like this is something I really want to do, which is what I was already thinking, but this just solidified it."
Students Vanessa Rodriguez, a senior at John Tyler High School, and Caleb Gonzalez, a junior at Whitehouse High School, spent time learning about the media department at Pine Cove -- from graphic design to video production.
"Showing us what we want to do made me want to do it even more," Ms. Rodriguez said.
Brad Wofford explains to Vanessa Rodriguez, a senior at John Tyler High School, and Caleb Gonzalez, a junior at Whitehouse High School, about Pine Cove Christian Camp’s video production work.
This is the 12th year the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the program, Bell said.
Participating schools included: Arp High School, Brook Hill School, Bullard High School, Chapel Hill High School, Christian Heritage School, East Texas Christian Academy, Grace Community School, John Tyler High School, Lindale High School, Robert E. Lee High School, Troup High School, T.K. Gorman Catholic School, Whitehouse High School and Winona High School.
Participating businesses included: Action Autobody; the Andrews Center; Animal House, Atkins North America, Inc.; Azalea Orthopedics; Bassett Furniture; Better Business Bureau; Brookshire Grocery Company; Burns Commercial Properties; CB&I; City of Tyler, Traffic Engineering; Compassionate Hospice Care Center; East Texas Area Council; East Texas Medical Center; East Texas Radio Group; EOG Resources; Estes McClure & Associates, Inc; Eubanks Harris Roberts Craig Architects; Exceptional Home Care; Eye Care Associates; Frandy's Enterprises, LLC; Futureline Media; Hanger Clinic; Heart to Heart Hospice; Income Portfolio Strategies; Ingersoll Rand Company; John T. Furlow LLC; Kaleo Chiropractic; Kiepersol Estates; L2 Marketing; Lamar Advertising; Lloyd James Funeral Home; Northeast Texas Public Health; Pamela Walters Group; Potpourri House; Premier Veterinary Hospital; Ramey & Flock, PC; Regions Bank; RLM General Contractors; Sam Brown, Personal Trainer; Smith County Sheriff's Office; Stepping Stone School; Suddenlink; Texas Department of Transportation; Texas Rose Horse Park; TISD; Traditions Restaurant & Catering; Trinity Mother Frances Hospital; Tyler Economic Development Council; Tyler Junior College Athletics; Tyler Police Department; Tyler Small Business Development Center; The University of Texas at Tyler; US Air Force and Vista Academy Tyler.
Brad Wofford teaches students about graphic design on Pine Cove Christian Camp signs as the group gets a tour around the campus' facilities. (Rebecca Hoeffner/Staff)