Job Shadow Day at Mingo Job Corps

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Tim Aslin, Business and Community Liaison, Mingo Job Corps CCC

The most famous groundhog of all, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early Spring this year and many are hopeful he is correct. Another Groundhog tradition since 1999 is National Groundhog Job Shadow Day. This initiative gives student across the nation opportunities to learn about career options available to them. With Groundhog day falling on a weekend this year, activities were spread out over the entire week. Mingo Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center has participated in the event since its inception. Fourteen Welding students with Mingo Job Corps toured the Faurecia Plant in Dexter on February 6th; observing many of the welding technics they have been learning in a real-world setting. Several students expressed an interest in pursuing a career with Faurecia upon completion of their training. Mark Fulkerson with Faurecia escorted the students throughout the plant, describing many of the high-tech machines used in today's industry and the continuing emphasis on worker safety. Dexter Police Chief, Sammy Stone and Fire Chief, Don Seymore addressed the entire student body of over 230 students during a special assembly on February 7th. Each shared information regarding the training required to become law enforcement officers and firefighters in Missouri. They also shared individual stories of how they made their career choices leading to becoming leaders in their respective agencies. Mingo Job Corps CCC is a residential vocational and educational training program located near Puxico, MO. In addition to seven vocational trades, Mingo Job Corps offers GED or High School attainment, driver's education, and basic health care all at no cost to the student. The U.S. Forest Service administrates the program in Stoddard County and at 27 other centers across the nation. For more information, call 573-222-3537 or visit