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Japan Engineer District hosts Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Published Sept. 5, 2013

By Mieko Yonaha

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Japan District


CAMP ZAMA, Japan - Sixth-grade students from John O. Arnn Elementary School visited Japan Engineer District (JED) for the National Groundhog Job Shadow Day (NGJSD) March 28, 2013. 

Six JED team members: Huong Huynh; Brad Scully; Han Duong; Tonya Bazemore and DJ Fusero hosted the students and explained their expertise and responsibilities in the fields of electronics and construction, program and projects management, fire protection and mechanical engineering.  All the students rotated through the Computer Aided Drafting Design (CADD) section in which they had hands-on experience to design their own living room using CADD software.  “It is a lot more difficult to draw lines on CADD than I thought”, said Nilsgodwinn Xavion Cruz, one of the six grade students who participated in the Shadow Day program.

The students demonstrated how the skills they learn in the classroom could be applied to the career in the real world. As a result of the experiences from the program, some may decide on a career.

The Groundhog Shadow Day is a national campaign which gives young students a new perspective on their studies through hands-on learning and a one-day mentoring experience. It is a joint effort of America’s Promise –Alliance for Youth, Junior Achievement, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Nationwide, more than one million students and 100,000 business entities and organizations participate in the program to demonstrate a commitment to supporting and improving the community.

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