Jamie Betten (pictured above) is one of hundreds of Hamilton High School students who had the opportunity to explore a career during the school day on February 1. As part of the annual 9th & 10th grade job shadow day, students found businesses or professionals to shadow to learn about a career that interests them.

"I was able to hang out with one of the Gentex pilots and sit in their jets, turn them on, and experience how the mechanics update the plane," said Betten during her job shadow at West Michigan Regional Airport in the Gentex hanger. "I learned about how many other options there are being a pilot."

Other students like Kennedy job shadowed at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida during a recent trip.

"Kennedy spent four hours working with the animal trainers," her mother wrote. "She prepared the food for the animals and fed them."

For students that didn't find their own placement, they attended the district job tours to either: Perrigo, Allegan County 9-1-1 Dispatch, and the Allegan County Sheriff's Department or DISHER in Zeeland, Code Blue, and HES/A&B Farms.

"You have to grab life by the reigns, you have to have fun because you're in high school, but you have to keep a priority of what's next after high school," said AES owner, Aric Geurink during the visit. "We see passion and kids who want it, and we want to help you."

Thank you to all of our wonderful business partners for hosting our students!