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Groundhog Job Shadow Day

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Albany/HV: Groundhog Job Shadow Day
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We all know Groundhog Day, but what about Groundhog Job Shadow Day? Our Megan Cruz tells us it has nothing to do with the weather.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Ask questions, take notes..."

That's Chloe Manning's assignment for Friday, but she won't be sitting in a classroom. She'll be shadowing Albany County Executive Dan McCoy for the day as part of Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

"I'm looking more for like what kind of activities he does to get people involved," she said.

Manning's a student at Glenmont Job Corps Academy. It's a trade school for people ages 16 to 24.
She's currently studying security, but her post as president of the student body has her thinking of a possible life in politics.

"I like helping people and I like a challenge. This seems like it would be a challenge so I'm very interested," said Manning.

County Executive Dan McCoy hopes to turn that interest into a reality.

"They're going to sit with me today, they're going to see how I operate, and they can say ‘hey maybe I want to be county executive someday,’" said Dan McCoy.

"Groundhog Job Shadow Day brings the world of work alive to our students and that's what Job Corps is all about," said Amy Scharf, Glenmont Job Corps Academy.

Some other places participating in the day are the Albany County Sheriff's Office, St. Margaret's Center, and at DePaula's Chevrolet.

"There's openings for oil changing, alignment men, there's a lot of openings here."

So student Fayyaz Pasha hopes to turn this shadow day into a possible job. It’s a win-win situation for DePaula.

"Anything we could do to show what jobs are available and hopefully draw some future employees into the field is terrific for us," said Mark VanDenburgh, DePaula's Chevrolet.

For the students, it's the feeling of a future that's terrific.

"It shows us we can really make it," said Pasha. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP