City of Charleston Employees Host CCSD Students for Day of Job Shadowing

10 students from Baptist Hill MHS in Hollywood and 10 students from Burke HS in downtown Charleston were invited to shadow professionals from various departments of the City of Charleston on Feb 29th. IMG_2824


The day began with a tour of Charleston’s historic city hall, including city council chamber and it’s priceless collection of art. Ms. Lindsey, the docent for the chamber, provided an interesting story for each of the portraits hanging in the room. She also highlighted the one original Edison Bulb still operational in the chamber and the desks that date back to the 1800’s.


Then, each student was connected with their host for the morning – participating city departments included:

Housing Dept.
Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families
Recreation Dept.
Mayor’s Office
Office of Tourism & Livability
Charleston Fire Dept.
Clerk of Council
Cultural Affairs Office
Charleston Police Dept.








After the job shadowing time was complete, everyone met back at the maritime center for lunch and round-table discussions on the day.


Sticky Fingers catered the lunch, and Mayor Tecklenburg provided remarks.


The day was terrific, including ideal weather, and the beautiful location – but most of all, it was the experience and relationships the students left with that will shape their future, and the future of our community.

Thanks to all that made this amazing job shadowing day possible, especially Mindy Sturm with the Mayor’s office for Children, Youth & Families and Bernard Scott and Michele Garris, guidance directors at Baptist Hill and Burke.




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Mayor Riley and City of Charleston Employees Host Job Shadowing Day for Students from Baptist Hill and St. Johns High Schools

GroundhogJobShadowDay-300x233The City of Charleston Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families held their annual Groundhog Day Job Shadowing Event on Monday, February 2, 2015.

20 very excited and professionally dressed students from Baptist Hill Middle High School and St. Johns High School began their job shadowing day experience at City Hall on Broad Street downtown.


They gathered in City Council Chambers and learned about the priceless art and other historical items housed in the room. Then, they received a warm welcome from Mayor Riley, who also challenged them to maximize the educational opportunity to shadow a member of the City of Charleston team.

Mayor Riley and BHMHS Student Jerika MagwoodCity Departments that hosted job shadowing students included Legal, Housing, Recreation, Police, Fire, Public Services, the office of Children, Youth & Families. And, one lucky student, Jerika Magwood from Baptist Hill Middle High School, got to shadow Mayor Riley!

After an excellent morning of job shadowing, the students and their hosts met for lunch at Sticky Fingers on Meeting Street to share about their experiences before heading back to their schools. All agreed that the Groundhog Job Shadowing event was a terrific opportunity for students to learn about the wide variety of careers available within municipal government.

Special thanks to Mayor Riley, and Katie, Mindy and Sarah with the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office of Children Youth and Families for organizing such a wonderful day for these students. Thanks to all the city staff that hosted students. Thank you to the school faculty that enabled these students to participate in this day of excellent work-based learning. Thanks to Sticky Fingers for the use of your excellent meeting space and for the excellent service & food.

Several students agreed to provide testimonials on their experiences on video, but unfortunately there was a problem with the microphone, and only one video recorded properly. Here is a link to that video featuring Charleston Police Officer Harry Sosa and his job shadow for the day, Tevin Durham from St. Johns High School.