Job shadowing gives students hands on training, including writing this article and taking the photo

By Daniella Pacheco: Quay County Sun Shadow

On Friday Tucumcari High School teacher Antonio Pacheco had his students join-in on job shadowing.

“This is great to have the students see how school work sets up for a successful future,” Pacheco said. “I think what they realize is that their school work is vital at the job site.”

The job shadowing gave students an opportunity to work side-by-side with employees at area businesses.

At Quality Lube and Tire, student Austin Sellers got his hands dirty.

“I had a fun time changing oil because its one of the things I’m used to.” Sellers said. “Its one of the best things I’ve done today.”

Lief Gray, co-owner of the shop showed Sellers how to change oil.

“He’s doing great.” Gray said. “I’m going to show him how to mount a tire.”

Pacheco has been sending students to the workforce for more than 10 years.

“The job shadowing has been a successful program for the last 11 years,” Pacheco said. “The kids get to see how learning is good for the future.”

Around 25 students went to 22 different businesses in town
Friday to sample a variety of possible careers. Each student visited two businesses, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
By 3 p.m., their first day “on the job” was over.