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KHS students shadow at KSC

From Betsy Street, KSC Project Manager, Monadnock Employment Project:

Nine students from Keene High School, North Campus, came to Keene State on June 10 for a morning of job shadows, hosted by the Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions (MCST).

Students had the opportunity to investigate careers in a non-threatening way by job shadowing Keene State College employees. Betsy Street with the MCST, located in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, and Ken Susskind, KHS North Campus School Counselor, worked together to plan and organize the day.

This is the third year MCST has coordinated job shadows for high school students, and some KSC hosts have been with the program since the inception. Benefits to the students were always clear; what was unexpected was the satisfaction hosts experience from participating. Deirdre McPartlin from the Child Development Center, “It reminds me how generous the Keene State community can be, and reminds me why I do what I do. The students are so open and interested. They’re just at the beginning of figuring out what they want to do in their lives.”

We’d like to thank the following who hosted students:
From Sodexo: Rich Ducharme, Rich Blanchard, and Rebecca Briggs;
From the Child Development Center: Deirdre McPartlin;
From Physical Plant: Joe Britton, Mike Fuller, and John Conwell;
From the IT Group: Paul Proulx;
From the Mason Library: Linda Madden.
In addition we’d like to thank Advancement, Business Office, Bookstore, Carpentry, Development, Electrical, Environmental Health and Safety, Heating Service, Human Resources, Plumbing Service, and Purchasing, which all volunteered to host a student but were not matched this year.

The MCST, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has a site at KSC and is housed at Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS). MCST maintains an ever-growing master list of possible job shadows on campus. If you or your department would be interested in participating, please e-mail Betsy Street at

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