MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- High school students from across the Morongo Unified School District visited the Combat Center for the 11th Annual Job Shadowing Event, Feb. 19, 2014.
The annual job shadow event allows the students to get hands-on work experience in their requested occupational fields, and gives them an opportunity to learn about military life aboard the Combat Center.
“I think it is very important for all students at this age to figure out where they are going and what they want to do in life,” said Amber Felli, restaurant manager, Combat Center Officer’s Club. “We are giving the kids first-hand experience on business operations, food preparation, customer service and sanitation. The greatest thing about this event is that not only do the kids get job experience, but also a better understanding of the military.”
While the students were learning about their job interests, teachers from the school district, who accompanied the students, were invited on a base tour to learn about different aspects of the Combat Center.
The students had the opportunity to choose from a variety of occupational specialties including mechanics, artillery, food services, medical, interior design, aircraft maintenance, photography, journalism, K9 handling, welding and more.
“I have always admired the hard work and dedication of police officers, and that’s why I want to become one,” said Steven Levitt, a 12th grader in high school. “It was interesting to watch the military K9 dog handlers conduct their training in the water. My plan is to take college law enforcement courses and then proceed to the police academy.”
During the event, students were separated into their job interest fields. At the end of the day, all students met back up to enjoy a meal at the Phelps Mess Hall to discuss their experiences with each other.
“I enjoyed my time with the job shadowing program because it helped me to gain a new perspective on what the military actually does,” said Liz Evans, a 12th grader in high school, who shadowed a Combat Center journalist. “It helped me to further understand my career interest and how they conduct interviews and use different sources. It was useful, and I enjoyed it very much.”