Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The KAHS ninth grade civics class recently had the opportunity to explore their potential career interests by participating in job shadowing experiences with area businesses and employers. The group that visited Allina Medical Center in Annandale consisted of eight girls. Students had a firsthand look into "a day in the life of" a variety of occupations. This experience helps students to identify career possibilities, training and education pathways and labor-market information. Students were inspired and have an appreciation of a good education. They came to understand that a high school diploma is not the end of their education, rather a beginning on which they can build, and achieve their dreams.
Hannah Zipoy observed, "At Allina, we met Becky who helped us through our day there. She first introduced us to the many medical technicians, nurses, and doctors. Over lunch, we had the opportunity to ask any questions we had, and have them answered first hand. Since we all had an interest in the medical field, this was very beneficial to all of us. After our lunch, which was a Subway provided by the Area Fire Department, we got a tour of the whole center. We saw all the offices, the physical therapy rooms, and the labs. In the lab, we got to see an actual blood test being done. We also got to see the X-ray lab. Not many of us knew how an x-ray worked, but they showed us. After that, Becky showed us her office and how all the medical charts and information is kept. From there we got to talking, and then it was time to go."
This group wishes to sincerely thank Becky and her staff for extending a hand of friendship and collaboration to Kimball Area High School, Becky's alma mater. The students also thank Kimball Area Fire and Rescue for their financial contribution for the meal expense. Having lunch with Allina staff helped the relationship between the school and this local health-care provider. Thanks also to Hendricks Transportation for safe transportation.
Submitted by Hannah Zipoy and Tim Zipoy