Local businesses have joined the effort to keep young people in the area and keep the Rockford manufacturing industry strong.
Alignment Rockford is coordinating a pilot program with the Rockford Public School District and companies like C.H. Robinson.
About 30 students recently spent the day at more than a half dozen locations for a job shadow event.
East High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors were matched up with businesses that fit each student’s academy pathway.
C.H. Robinson is focused on manufacturing logistics, getting products where they need to be.
Organizers call this a valuable experience for students.
“I’m a graduate of Guilford High School, and to see Rockford Public Schools doing this and giving the students the chance to experience careers and figure out what they want to do is just a really wonderful opportunity, for them,” said Anissa Kuhar, an Alignment Rockford volunteer.
Alignment Rockford plans to do another job shadow day in March.
Eventually, the program will roll out to all Rockford School District high schools.