Midwest Territory Hosts Illinois Student for Job Shadowing Day

Eighth-grader Jared Podgorny spent a day job shadowing at the IAM’s Midwest Territory office in Joliet, IL, then brought back T-shirts for the rest of his class at Manhattan Junior Hill.

Jared Podgorny, an eighth-grader from Manhattan, IL, worked closely with IAM Grand Lodge Representative Rick Mickschl during Job Shadowing Day at the IAM Midwest Territory office.

Manhattan Junior Hill eighth-grade student Jared Podgorny, left, learned about the importance unions during a day shadowing IAM Grand Lodge Representative Rick Mickschl.

Podgorny, the valedictorian of his graduating class, learned about the Machinists Union, took part in an organizing staff briefing and observed other daily activities of the office.

Students at Manhattan Junior High were given the opportunity to participate in a Job Shadowing Day in conjunction with the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation. When the students returned to their class, they shared their experience through a presentation and visual aid.

Podgorny left with photos from the office for his presentation, IAM T-shirts for his class and knowledge about the IAM that he shared with his classmates.

“Thank you to the IAM for allowing one of our students, Jared Podgorny, to complete this project with you,” said Manhattan Junior High English teacher Joyce Watson. “Jared came back to class with not only T-shirts but a wealth of knowledge on Mr. Mickschl’s job and the concept and importance of unions.”

Podgorny’s mother, Bertha Podgorny, works in the IAM Midwest Territory office.