On Oct. 9, 60 students enrolled in the architecture and engineering programs at San Antonio College (SAC) and spent the morning at one of 17 local firms as part of the Second Annual SAC A/E Job Shadow Day. Groups of students were assigned to each firm based on their career interests. The firms provided office and project tours, involved students in meetings, and demonstrated design programs to give them the opportunity to learn firsthand what a career in their chosen profession will be like, and the skills and education required.
The students and representatives from each firm then came together for lunch on the San Antonio College campus, where they shared insights and experiences gained from their morning tours. Also attending the lunch were leaders from San Antonio College, Alamo Colleges, and the Alamo Colleges Foundation.
O’Connell Robertson, which hosted the event with the Alamo Colleges Foundation and sponsored the lunch, started the program last year with the architecture and engineering program coordinators at SAC and Alamo Colleges Foundation staff. The program was such a success that it was decided to continue with an annual event.
During the lunch, Dr. Robert Vela, president of San Antonio College, presented O’Connell Robertson with a certificate recognizing the Firm for coordinating the Job Shadow Day, “which offers students real-world professional experiences, reinforces corporate support of scholarships and enhances student success.”
“Alamo Colleges has been a valued client since we opened our San Antonio office 15 years ago, and we are proud to have worked on many projects at San Antonio College,” says Chris Narendorf, LEED AP, a principal with O’Connell Robertson and director of the Firm’s San Antonio office. “We are honored to again partner with Alamo Colleges Foundation and San Antonio College on this program, which benefits both the students and the architecture and engineering industry.”
Other firms that participated in this year’s SAC A/E Job Shadow Day were: Alamo Architects, Bain Medina Bain, CNG Engineering, Datum, Ford, Powell & Carson Architects, IES, Lake Flato Architects, LPA Architects, MEP Engineering, Munoz & Company, Overland Partners, Pape-Dawson, PBK, RVK Architects, Sprinkle & Co., and WestEast Design.