PITTSBURG, KS.--- Students in Southeast Kansas get the chance to learn skills outside the classroom. 160 Pittsburg High School sophomores had a chance to observe employees throughout Pittsburg in everyday work situations. Administrators hope students get a good look at what goes into having a full-time job. One student hopes the experience could land her a job in the future. Madison Spencer has an interest in cosmetology.
"I never wanted to go outside and play sports. I always just wanted to play with my cousin's hair," said Madison Spencer, PHS Sophomore.
The Pittsburg High School sophomore spent her day observing employees working at Salon 9. She was one of 160 students to job shadow at local businesses throughout the city.
"We are taking a day out of school, so we should actually go somewhere we actually like and experience what we might experience later in life," said Spencer.
"I think they will find out that the job they thought they wanted to do as a career is very different than what they thought," said Koeta Bryant, PHS Career Coordinator.
Job Shadow Day is coordinated by the school and the Kansas Business Education Alliance. Pittsburg High School Career Coordinator Koeta Bryant says the opportunity allows students to get a look at how the "real world" works.
"It's to let students actually be out in the work place. See what the workplace skills that are needed. It's also for them to see what a real day on the job is like," said Bryant.
Spencer says she hopes to be able to build a relationship with the employers she met, which could help her get a job one day
"They're here all the time, and it just means a lot that they take the time out of their day to spend with us and teach us how everything works," said Spencer.
Nearly 50 businesses in Pittsburg opened up their doors to students today. Some of the fields students had a chance to job shadow were education, medical and first responders. Pittsburg High School has been providing this opportunity to students since 1999.