Friday was Career Mentoring Awards Day in Bonneville County.
The yearly event is organized by the Idaho Falls Community Transition Team. At-risk juniors and seniors from area high schools select a business in the surrounding community to job-shadow that career during the week. This gives them a great educational opportunity to see if the job is something they would like do later in life. Friday they got their certificates of completion.
“As students move from high school into the adult world, they have so many things to think about. And these students have some extra concerns and issues, and to be able to get a little help along the way is invaluable,” said Beth Eloe-Reep, the facilitator for the transition team.
The community transition team said this program wouldn’t be what it is without the community support from area businesses.
“We are so grateful to the businesses that welcome our students. We really feel like we’re offering a gift to them too, to consider other untapped sources for employees, but to take a day and give their time and their expertise to help young people as they are headed toward moving into their careers is such a gift. Of course, we couldn’t do it without them,” said Eloe-Reep.
Friday’s event was hosted at the College of Eastern Idaho. Olive Garden provided the catered lunch. Employees from Cargill took time out of their workday to serve the food. KIDK Eyewitness News 3 anchor Todd Kunz was the emcee.