PATH is a Columbus Nebraska Area Chamber of Commerce initiative to promote and expand job shadowing as a means to mutually benefit chamber businesses and local students. PATH connects the student with workers and workplaces through carefully designed interactions.
- Provides a supervised observational experience in a business/industry setting where scheduling is determined by the business and school, depending on availability and need. (These experiences are usually considered to be like field trips. School district policies regarding transportation and liability apply.)
Designed to promote:
- Exposure to careers and jobs.
- Awareness of the academic, technical, and career readiness skills required.
- Exploration of a field of interest.
- Expand student learning beyond the walls of the classroom into the local community.
- Allow students to gain realistic perspectives on expectations in a job and/or career field and the workplace requirements.
- Provide an opportunity to develop students’ career readiness skills, including communicating effectively, personal responsibility, etc.
First Step: Develop a process to identify employees at a business or organization who are willing to be shadowed.
Job Shadow Outlines: Outline the job shadow opportunities available at your business. (see samples at the bottom of this page)
Required Paperwork: Determine what paperwork your business would like completed prior to accepting job shadowing students.
Submit Request: Once you have set up your job shadow process, share your documents with the PATH Job Shadowing Committee for approval. All participating businesses must be current Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce members.
Partnership: After approval, a business’ information will be accessed through this webpage. Schools will contact to request job shadow experiences for their students.
(Click here for additional PATH resources for businesses.)
First Step: Develop a plan that includes a process for selecting potential job shadowing participants and sites for quality job shadowing/work experiences linked to student’s career interests.
Application: Define an application process and whether PATH job shadowing will be linking to the curriculum of a specific class or a stand-alone program.
Roles: Assign a primary contact person to supervise and manage student job shadowing requests.
Submit Request: Once you have set up your job shadow process, share your documents with the PATH Job Shadowing Committee for approval.
Partnership: After approval, a school’s information will be accessed through this webpage. Schools will be able to contact a PATH businesses to request job shadow experiences for their students.
(Click here for additional PATH resources for schools.)
- Be enrolled in grades 11-12.
- Be in good academic standing and have an acceptable discipline record.
- Prior to placement, ensure that a Job Shadowing Training Agreement is secured and that parent signature on the training agreement is obtained.
Roles and Responsibilities - Job Shadowing requires time, commitment, and collaboration of the following partners:
- STUDENTS must arrive at the business/industry at the appropriate time and in the appropriate dress. Students must comply with the rules and regulations of the school district, school, and training facility. Parents/Guardians should provide ongoing support to the student and assume the responsibility for the conduct of the students.
- TEACHERS shall identify the business industry and placement of students based on their area of interest.
As part of the job shadowing experience, students will:
- Complete all required paperwork prior to experience (permission forms, medical authorizations, etc.)
- Verify: dress code, safety requirements, meeting location, and meeting procedures.
- Call the site before the scheduled time if unable to attend on appointed day.
- Call the school contact before the scheduled time if unable to attend on appointed day.
- Arrive at the site at the agreed upon time.
- Follow all guidelines and policies of the site.
- Complete any school assignments related to the job shadow experience.
- Send the business a thank you letter within 5 business days of the job shadow.
Click on the businesses below to see a description of job shadow offerings.
- Columbus Nebraska Area Chamber of Commerce
- Columbus Community Hospital
- Nebraska Public Power District
- Central Community College