SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: February 18, 2005
Students follow shadow at SSC
NATICK, Mass. -- National Groundhog Job Shadow Day was locally observed at the Soldier Systems Center here Feb. 2 with three local high school students following the work schedule of select employees and Soldiers for several hours.
Job Shadow Day, held annually on Feb. 2 since 1998, commences a yearlong initiative that gives students across America a chance to "shadow" a workplace mentor as he or she goes through the day on the job, according to the Job Shadow Web site.
The program ties into the School to Career program shared between the installation and local schools during the past decade, according to Marilyn Joy, Garrison special programs manager. Each school has a coordinator to help match that student with employees at an area business or organization.
"We want to give them experience to careers that they might be interested in," Joy said. "They primarily get to shadow scientists and engineers, but we've had students who've shadowed a lawyer and architect."
Students have come from Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, and Natick for the half-day visit. This year Corey Fontaine and Eddie Corkery, Ashland High School students, shadowed Soldiers from Headquarters Detachment, following them through a morning at the Climatic Chambers and other locations.
At the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Anna Spiridigliozzi, a Natick High School student, visited the various facilities, including the Bone Health Lab, Altitude Chamber and Water Immersion Lab with a study in progress.
"I enjoyed it a lot. I was really impressed with everything," Spiridigliozzi said, who is interested in biology and medical engineering.
For more information about the Soldier Systems Center, please visit our website at: http://www.natick.army.mil.