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Jubilee Youth Ranch Offers Job Shadowing to its Students

KENNEWICK, Wa.,--It's a plaque for everyone to see, but for at-risk students at the Jubilee Youth Ranch, it's a symbol of accomplishment. The ranch offers vocational training programs for students like Glenn White, who today got a chance to shadow employees of Sportsman's Warehouse.

The Job Shadowing program is an extension of that," said JYR Executive Director Glenn Robinson. It allows the young man to take the skills and abilities and talents that he's developed at the ranch, and actually use in an actual business, practice these in a real life experience.

Experience for White included time on the sales floor, checking the inventory.

"I think this will help me by, help me with discipline and to be responsible," admits White

And that's why Manager's like Eric Nield get involved with these kids. They see potential.

"I bring 'em in and try to work with them to become a manager," said Nield. I train them to become a manager, not an employee."

At RDO Equipment Company in Pasco, another student is getting his foot in the door, learning skills and networking with employees.

"Feels really good cause um I have a chance to learn things for the future so when I get a job, I'm more experienced," said Peter.

Peter is an aspiring Engineer. So, it was only appropriate for him to shadow in the service department of this John Deere Tractor dealership. This allows management to identify future talent.

It gives us an opportunity to see just a bigger pool of candidates basically," according to Branch Manager Davin Peterson. It's definitely harder and harder to find good people to work in this industry."