City Hosts Students for Job Shadow Event
Friday, April 12, 2013
The City of Prescott offered Prescott High School Juniors and Seniors interested in various career fields, an in-depth experience with the day-to-day operations of the Fire Department, Police Department and City Attorney's Office. The event was planned in conjunction with Prescott Unified School District and Partnership in Education (PUSD-PIE), a volunteer group made up of business and community members coming together to support Prescott schools.
Mayor Kuykendall welcomed the students and encouraged them to work hard to achieve their career goals. He also reminded them what a great place Prescott is to live, and shared that "he was honored to meet these students who represent Prescott's future, and happy that the City could help them as they move forward with their career aspirations by inviting them into see the departmental operations."
"My office was thrilled to host students interested in learning more about a career in the legal profession. The future of attorneys in Arizona looks bright," said Jon Paladini, City Attorney for the City of Prescott. Students who shadowed the Legal Department were able to attend Municipal Court proceedings and ask questions of the attorneys about their work duties and their career path.
Police Lieutenant Tim Fletcher provided an overview of the Police Department to six students, sharing details about the various careers available and duties performed within the police operation. Students also toured the Station and the Regional Dispatch Center and were all invited back to experience a ride-along with an officer. According to Fletcher "I enjoyed the job shadow event very much. They were an excellent group of young adults, seemed very interested in the event and were extremely polite and respectful. Interacting with our community in a positive way is one of my favorite things to do as an officer."
Students matched with the Fire Department were able to participate in a ride-along, talk with firefighters about their training, education and medical experience and respond to actual calls for service. One student shared that the best part of the experience was responding to the two emergency calls in a fire truck. He also mentioned that he hopes to be back for another ride along. Firefighters shared information about fire suppression operations, and various related medical training and career fields that students could pursue.