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July 20, 2018

APW’s Senior Swap Provides Professional Job Shadow Opportunities


PARISH – More than a job shadow and certainly not a day off from learning, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown’s Senior Swap Day provides students an opportunity for a professional career-mentoring opportunity and a glimpse into “a day in the life of” an APW District employee.

APW’s Director of Facilities David Poore, right, shows Tim Palmer, some of the plans from the recent renovation project in the district during his senior swap experience at the high school.

APW’s Director of Facilities David Poore, right, shows Tim Palmer, some of the plans from the recent renovation project in the district during his senior swap experience at the high school.

Seniors in good standing opt for one day to take the job of a staff member in the APW School District and assume most of the duties, schedule and demeanor of their swapping counterpart, but many students take it one step further, even dressing alike!

For student Tim Palmer, who senior swapped with APW’s director of facilities  David Poore, the opportunity tied nicely with his plans to study mechanical engineering in the future.

Poore and Palmer examined the blueprints and plans from the recent capital renovation project, checked out the mechanical operations of the physical plant and so much more.

For others, the experience provided an empathetic glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the specific jobs at APW.

Riley Houde, left, has the dress and mannerisms down pat of his senior swap teacher Matt Hill, art teacher at the high school.

Riley Houde, left, has the dress and mannerisms down pat of his senior swap teacher Matt Hill, art teacher at the high school.

Brittni Metcalf, whose father, Nathan, is the transportation supervisor in the APW District, was surprised by the wide range of duties and responsibilities he deals with on a daily basis, and Mikayla Collins has a new respect for the amount of work done by her swapper, Kelly Groff in the main office at the school.

Collins, at the end of the day, commented to Groff how tired she was and how she couldn’t wait to go home take a nap.

Coordinated in the district by Beth Dunham, the long-time tradition at the school is a lot of fun for students and staff alike, but Dunham insists on professionality at all times and the students understand and respect those expectations.

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