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CU students shadow industry professionals

LAWTON, Okla._ Local businesses are pitching in to help Cameron University students get on the job training.

It a program called ‘Take an Aggie to Work Day' and it pairs college students with professionals in a variety of industries. The goal is to provide students more direction for future internships and jobs.

Jennifer Lang is one of 30 Cameron students participating and one of five who are headed to Comanche County Memorial Hospital next week to shadow a registered nurse.

"I have several friends that are R.N.'s but sometimes they want to give you the positive, but maybe this R.N. can give you the reality check," says Lang, a senior at CU. "I think this job shadow will really help me kind of narrow down what position or what department I really want to work with."

Luis Mendez is the man placing Lang and some of her colleagues in the hospital and he's hoping to put them on the path to success.

"We're here to kind of help those that don't have an idea of what the medical field is; to kind of give them direction and show them what we're all about," says Mendez, education liaison at CCMH.

More than a dozen businesses will be participating. Lawton Public Schools will allow a student to shadow a school counselor, and the City of Lawton will show one political science student the ropes of local government.

"It gives you an opportunity to be at the forefront and maybe even acquire an internship or a job," says Paula Merrifield, who works in Career Services at CU.  

She hopes students walk away from the experience with at least a few professional contacts.

"Networking is very important and it's never too early for them to start," she says. 

Rikita Burton says she's ready! She'll experience a day in the life of museum curator on post at Fort Sill. As an aspiring historian, taking advantage of this experience was an easy decision.

"This is the perfect opportunity, even if it is just for a day to get a better understanding of what they actually do," says Burton. 

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