• 43°

RSS hosts virtual Groundhog Job Shadow Day

SALISBURY — February is Career and Technical Education Month, and on Wednesday a dozen students got to “shadow” local professionals.

This was Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ fifth annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. Normally, students would spend a few hours shadowing a professional or a business, but there is a district-wide moratorium on travel. So, the shadowing moved virtual.

“This was definitely an effort to make it as close to possible to what we would do physically,” said Associate CTE Director Dominique Bates.

The schools surveyed students to see who would be interested in participating and leaned on the Chamber of Commerce to help connect students with businesses that align with their interests. This year, one student was interested in video game development. So, they found a local app developer to speak with.

Students got to meet with accountants, app developers, architects, child care professionals and the entire associate superintendent team with RSS in the case of one student who wants to become a school administrator.

“In my mind, they’re gaining a mentor,” Bates said.

The program is open to high school juniors and seniors who want to participate.

North Rowan High School student Darius Adkins already works as a machinist and was able to meet with logistics supervisor LaTonya Andrews of Trelleborg Boots to advise him on the steps he would need to take to make it in the field. He was also able to meet the CTE leader at Salisbury High School, which hosts the district’s manufacturing academy.

Andrews said she knows Adkins took notes, asked questions and knows he will do well in life.

The virtual format was an adaptation to COVID-19, but Bates said had some positive takeaways from the changes. He said it worked better than the department expected. He spent the day moving between calls to see how they were going. He did not know how it would go, but he was inspired by the laughs and smiling faces.

“I feel we should offer these pop-up Zoom sessions throughout the year,” Bates said. “I think that for some students who might not have transportation, or if we just want to connect a student with a business partner, we can connect them on a Zoom meeting. We don’t have to wait to travel out to see the partner on site.”



Catawba holds baccalaureate services for Class of 2021


$9M settlement for two men wrongfully sent to death row


China lands spacecraft on Mars in latest advance for its space program


Gas crunch hits Washington; Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million in Bitcoin ransome


State mostly returns to normal operations after 15 months of lockdowns, restrictions


Blotter: Man accused of stealing car, crashing it


Man faces new charge of attempted murder for father’s shooting


Gov. Cooper lifts indoor mask mandate for most situations, gathering limits


Barnes gets new punishment of two life sentences in Tutterow couple’s 1992 murder

High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker


Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank


North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys


Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools


Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house


Quotes of the week


Auditors find oversight lacking for $3 billion of state’s pandemic aid


When will gas situation return to normal?


Rowan native Shuping posthumously receives Concord Police Department’s Medal of Valor, Purple Heart


Black high school softball player told to cut hair


GOP measure on penalties for rioting draws fire


State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan


CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors


One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday