Milton Hershey School Students Participate in a Virtual Job Shadow Experience with HE&R
Last week, as part of Milton Hershey School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, MHS students were invited to job shadow Hershey Entertainment & Resorts employees while virtually learning in their student homes.
“During a normal year, HE&R would welcome around 60 students to the Hershey Lodge to conduct an in-person job shadow experience,” said David Curry, MHS Director of CTE. “This year looks a bit different, but we are still very pleased with the experience it gave our students.”
Over 214 freshmen were able to virtually connect and network with real-world professionals within their 12 CTE career pathways. During the two-day experience, around 40 employees of HE&R offered their time and expertise to our students to answer questions and provide guidance on careers.
“As a student, I found the virtual job shadow experience to be beneficial because I was able to talk to people in the industry I want to be in,” said Kayden Dorman, MHS culinary student. “It gave me a better idea of what a day in the life of a chef would be like.”
Through the MHS CTE program, students are able to begin exploring careers and certifications well before graduation. Beyond job shadow days, students experience hands-on learning through internships, pre-apprenticeships, and co-op experiences.
“I believe the Hershey Project Pathways partnership is enabling students to get hands-on experience in industries that they can see and experience,” said Kathleen McGraw, Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at HE&R. “Also, because of our company’s core purpose is providing value to the school, the students know we have their best interests at heart and want them to excel in all facets of life.”