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Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club steers high school students onto career pathways

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — Taking youngsters into the workplace for a day of learning can inspire them to think about and plan for their future jobs.

Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club Job Shadow programPHOTO 1: KBEY Morning Show personality Tim Walker (left) shares insights about the radio business with Marble Falls High School juniors Adrian Barrientos, Hunter Wall, Charity Fox, Aidin Parnell and Brooke Stephenson during the Marble Falls Noon Rotary Job Shadow Day in Marble Falls. Burnet County AgriLIFE Extension Agent Wade Hibler (right), also on the morning show, helps with the tour. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

PHOTO 2: Charity Fox (left) and Brooke Stephenson prep for an on-camera appearance at The Picayune TV studio during the recent Marble Falls Noon Rotary Job Shadow Day. More than 140 students participated in the event. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club Job Shadow program“Some kids may have their eyes opened to different aspects and the scope of a job,” Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club member Mike Atkinson said.

The nonprofit organization recently hosted the 2013 Marble Falls High School Job Shadow program, which has evolved and grown stronger for more than seven years.

Volunteers shuttled about 140 students for a school day to various businesses and professional facilities from Marble Falls and Austin to Burnet and Killeen. Career fields included nursing, psychology, social work, aviation, engineering, accounting, business, education and entertainment.

Rotarians even transported a group of students interested in the military to Fort Hood.

“They may change (their mind) several times between now and getting into college,” Atkinson said. “This gives them first-hand experience.”

The effort has evolved from including seniors to catering to juniors.

“In years past, we would take the seniors, but some of them already had their minds made up as a major,” he said. “It’s a highlight to be able to see them and find out what they got out of what they did (during the job shadow day).”

KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune and The Picayune TV participated in the program, hosting six students.

Marble Falls High School junior Hunter Wall said his experience at the multimedia studios will shape his goals.

“I learned a lot more about (multimedia production) than I knew in the beginning. I loved being on camera. I could see myself doing this,” Wall said. “I’m actually impressed with what they can do. It helps me to know what I’d deal with if I was actually in this situation.”

Marble Falls High School junior Brooke Stephenson added: “My favorite part was getting to edit video. It helped me find out what I really like to do. It opened my eyes.”

connie@thepicayune.com