Nevada Job Shadowing |

Nevada Job Shadowing

by Susan Wood, Nevada Appeal

While “Punxsutawney Phil” saw his shadow and Claude the Cajun crawfish waved his claws with opposite results on Groundhog Day Friday morning, Adam Stamey, 16, of Winnemucca, was gearing up to push some tin.

The teen-ager joined more than 2,500 other students to take part in Nevada’s Groundhog Job Shadow Day at one of the boiler rooms of the state, the air traffic control tower that serves the Reno/Tahoe International Airport.

“I might want to be an air traffic controller,” said Stamey, seeking to get a firsthand feel for employment in the airport’s nervous system.

Following an air traffic controller for the day can be stressful, but it’s all in a day’s work or leisure to an in-flight computer game whiz like Stamey.

He’s mastered several military-style flight simulator games on his computer and taken private pilot lessons.

“I have a very good knowledge of aircraft and so forth,” he said. “I love being around aircraft.”

It shows. Stamey rode 170 miles from his house in rural Nevada to his grandmother’s house Thursday.

And all must have gone well, no major incidents were reported at the airport Friday.

Another hot spot in the state, Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn’s office, welcomed students to the Carson City capital’s various departments, the Nevada School to Careers Office reported.

Students also job-shadowed the director of the Department of Museum, Library and Arts in Carson City, Michael Hillerby; the director of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, Don Soderberg; and the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Scott Scherer.

Guinn issued a proclamation on Groundhog Day, observing the fourth annual tradition “as an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the importance of students experiencing the workplace firsthand through mentoring and job shadowing.”

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