Ray Funnye and his shadow, Ishmael Cumbee, said they had a great experience during the job shadow day.
More than 40 Georgetown High School students learned first-hand about possible future careers and jobs as they took part in a job shadowing day on Wednesday.
This opportunity was made possible through a partnership between Georgetown High, Junior Achievement, and Waccamaw Regional Education Center.
The students spent about two hours with a chosen business, non-profit group or public official.
After the visits, Georgetown High culinary students provided food for a luncheon at J.B. Beck Administration Building in Georgetown.
Georgetown County School District superintendent Randy Dozier and assistant superintendent Celeste Pringle attended the event.
Job shadow hosts included Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville, Wilds Funeral Home, United Way, KRA Corp., Georgetown Times, Georgetown County officials, Georgetown Family YMCA, International Paper, hair salons and barbers, Georgetown Active Day Center, SCB&T, lawyers, Simpson Lumber Co., Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, Georgetown City Police, GKCU, and Custom Printing.
“Starting next year, we are hoping to provide this kind of experience for all four high schools in Georgetown County,” said Eileen Fleming-Patonay, coordinator of the Waccamaw Regional Education Center.
“We look forward to more collaboration with these and other businesses in the future.”
Craig Evans, principal of Georgetown High, said this was a perfect example of partnerships between businesses and schools.
“We welcomed this opportunity for our kids to spend part of the day with members of the county and learn about local careers,” he said.
“The kids are all excited about sharing their experiences, so it was obviously time well spent.”
Ray Funnye, director of public services for Georgetown County, was one of the hosts for the event.
“I thought it was awesome to share my experience with a young and upcoming leader of this community,” Funnye said.
His job shadow, Ishmael Cumbee, said after learning about Funnye’s job that he may pursue a job in engineering and possibly a position like Funnye’s.
“My main interest is creative writing, but I learned that writing is a big part of being an engineer,” Cumbee said. “Mr. Funnye’s job is very important, looking out for Georgetown County. This has been a good learning experience for me and I enjoyed myself at the same time.”
Funnye, who is the founder of the Village Group, is offering an upcoming workshop called “Achieving Success for Teens,” designed to help teens choose a career path or plan.
The program will be offered three times: Wednesday, April 10th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 11th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 13th, from 9 to 11 a.m.
All three workshops will be at the Beck Administration Building at 2018 Church Street in Georgetown.
Talaysha Anderson, another student participant, spent time at the Georgetown Times newspaper office.
Her main interest is in nursing, but she enjoyed learning about the newspaper just the same.
“I learned a lot about the newspaper business, how it operates and how it takes a lot of communication and time to provide community news to Georgetown County,” Anderson said.
Student Anthony Lyons spent time with Christopher Taylor, an AmeriCorps VISTA member working with United Way.
He said he might sign up to be a VISTA member in the future.
“I learned a lot about the work environment and opportunities to help out in the community,” Lyons said. “I also learned about a lot of different community organizations that work to make people’s loves better every day.”
By Clayton Stairs
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