TWU staff make the most of school closures by facilitating a job shadow day

Langley, British Columbia—With most local schools closed on January 28 due to teacher rallies or snow conditions, students from both public and private institutions were left with a day off. But for several students from Langley, the closure meant a chance to go to a different kind of school. Trinity Western University’s administrative employees seized the opportunity for their children to job shadow them at one of Langley’s largest employers. The children, about half the size of TWU students around them, got a feel for what their parents do during a workday and caught a glimpse of what school might look like a few years down the road.

“I think it’s important for them to see the University setting, especially one like this that fosters community, so they know what to strive for,” says Maxine Hennig, administrative assistant to the director of development. Hennig brought her son Jesse, a grade eight student, and daughter Tabitha, a grade four student to accompany her at work. “They had the chance to go to the chapel service, eat in the cafeteria and meet the people I work with.”

While in the cafeteria, TWU President Neil Snider made a special stop to visit with the children, ranging from six to 12 years of age, to make sure his “prospective students” were doing okay.

“It’s nice when a community rallies together in circumstances like this,” says Hennig. “The vice-president of our department recognized the value in having our kids come to work to see what we do and invited us to bring them here.”

While the children helped out with some odd jobs, the day wasn’t all work. TWU staff also set up a colouring and craft room for the small students, something that six-year-old Vivienne Beard, a grade one student in Port Moody, quietly noted was her favorite activity.

The day’s activities also kept Jacqueline Hogg’s children, Jonathan, Catherine and Evangeline, in grades one, two and three in Walnut Grove, active and at ease.

“It’s so interesting here,” commented eight-year-old Evangeline, while her brother, Jonathan, added that he had a great day.

“I appreciate the total ease and openness of everyone who works here,” says Jacqueline, a development records assistant at TWU. “There was no strain in having my kids come to work. I know that families are really supported at the University, and it was a very positive experience for everyone involved.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-09-26