Career Shadowing

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    The Rockwood Partners in Education (PIE) Career Shadowing program provides students with the opportunity to explore career areas of interest through on-site visits and virtual chats with industry professionals!  This is one way our district is trying to prevent the burden of student loan debts that have impacted so many of our recent graduates.  By exploring these careers while on our campuses, we hope that it narrows your student's career focus, saving your family time and money down the road when your student moves on after graduation.     

    Career Shadowing opportunities are open to all Rockwood students in grades 9-12. Students interested in participating in an on-site experience must have reliable transportation. Students can participate in the program in the Fall and/or Spring semesters. Students are limited to one experience per semester. Students are also eligible to earn hours towards the A+ program through this experience.


    Fall 2023 Shadowing Weeks

    Fall shadowing weeks will take place during the months of October and November. These opportunities are open to students in grades 9-12. Parents are allowed to transport their students but are not allowed to participate in the actual shadows. 

    The application will be available on August 22nd and will close on September 15th.


    Unconditional Support of Student Interests

    We cannot emphasize enough that this is a student-driven program.  We will support students' career interests in any field.  For example, Ava Rhine (Summit, Class of '24), had a desire to learn more about sound studio engineering.  She took her acoustic guitar down to Shock City Studios  where she, along with some other students, took turns playing and recording music.  Below is the audio recording of her playing Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.  She paired the audio with a video she recorded and posted it to her YouTube Channel. 


    Build My Future

    This is an incredible event highlighting dozens of debt-free careers in construction and the skilled trades. 

    Build My Future STL gives students the opportunity to spend a day in the construction industry through an interactive showcase comprised of educational displays, equipment, operations & learning labs--all provided by our local industry partners.

    The Build My Future Event will return to the St. Louis area in Spring 2024. Stay Tuned for more details, including how you can participate through the Rockwood Career Shadowing Program.   


    Soar Into Stem

    In addition to the job shadowing opportunities this spring, Rockwood students have been invited to take part in an incredibly special opportunity at Spirit Airport through the acclaimed organization Wings of Hope

    This program, Soar into STEM is unique in that your attendance will be required on four Saturdays in April, for about four hours each Saturday. To apply, please click the link for the Wings of Hope Student Application and be prepared to include a personal statement of up to 300 words that tells us why you would like to participate in this opportunity. A selection committee will then choose six students to represent Rockwood. Please know that on the fourth Saturday, every student will be required to do a brief presentation on what they have learned during the program. Those that score a 75% or higher on that presentation will be invited on a flight over the St. Louis region! The application window for this program is now closed. Please check back in the Spring of 2024.