New Tech High School students Katie Hayes and Elizabeth Penter spent most of their school day Wednesday shadowing South Central Community Action Program Family Development Coordinator Christine Combs on her job.
Hayes and Penter came to SCCAP because both are interested in a possible career in social services after college. They received a tour of the SCCAP Bloomington office and got answers to a series of questions about why people work in social services.
They learned that Combs works with clients to set goals and formulate steps to achieve those goals, and connects clients with local resources to make that possible.
They also got a chance to talk with one of Combs’ clients. That client had agreed in advance to talk with the students.
Hayes said she learned Wednesday that it isn’t always easy, but the benefits of working at an organization like SCCAP are clear.
“In the end, it’s helping other people that makes your day worthwhile,” she said.