What is the Career Explorations Alliance?
The Career Explorations Alliance (CEA) creates a more prepared future workforce by building partnerships between schools and businesses and pairing students with professionals in our community that have knowledge and experience in a specific occupation or career field.

What is job shadowing?
Job shadowing is a unique opportunity for students to experience an occupation or profession for a short period of time, within the workplace. It involves following a professional for 2-4 hours, during a typical workday, to get a closer look at what a particular career field involves to determine if the job fits your strengths, interests, and career goals.

Why job shadow?
Job shadowing allows you to get an up close, first-hand view of a specific career field. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and to decide if the career field is a good fit for you. You’ll also gain a better understanding of the skills and education required to get a good job. Job shadowing provides you the opportunity to explore new interests and can help you decide on a major or career path. Most importantly, job shadowing allows you to practice soft skills. Soft skills are the traits that you need to be able to work with others in the workplace. Examples of soft skills are a positive attitude, communication skills, maintaining eye contact, and time management. The network you create while job shadowing can help you land an internship or job after graduation.

Who is eligible?
Applications are open to high school students in the Wentzville, Ft. Zumwalt, Orchard Farm, Lincoln County R-III, Francis Howell, and St. Charles School Districts. Students must be able to provide their own transportation.

What types of occupations can I shadow?
Registered Nurse
Occupational Therapist
Film Director
Police Officer
HR Manager
Iron Worker
Physical Therapist
Speech Therapist
Non-profit Manager
Admissions Counselor
and many more!

How do I apply?
Students interested in job shadowing with the CEA program must complete an online application. Applications for the Spring 2024 Career Weeks are closed.  Check back soon for more updates.

Business Professionals
We are always recruiting business professionals to host job shadowing experiences in all industries. CEA could not operate and make a difference in the lives of area students without business professionals generously donating their time.

Click here to register as a job shadow host.

Here are some of our current business partners:
Troy Police Department
Cannonball Advertising
Emmaus Homes
Hubbard Radio
Progress West Hospital
Junior League of St. Louis
SugarBot Sweet Shop
Mi7 Solutions
Crosby Chiropractic & Acupuncture Centre
Missouri Department of Conservation
St. Charles County Emergency Communications
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
Ironworkers Local 396 Joint Apprenticeship
Excel Sports and Physical Therapy
City of O’Fallon
O’Fallon Police Department
The Audiology Center, LLC
Excel Sports and Physical Therapy
Dynamic Chiropractic & Wellness Center
RiverTowne Family Chiropractic, LLC
Powers Healthmart Pharmacy
CDG Engineers
Meyer Real Estate
Antibody Research Corp
Craftsmen Industries
Edward Jones
Fairway Mortgage
Chesterfield Valley Dermatology
St. Charles Police Department
Baue Funeral Home
Rockstep Capital
Premier Dental Partners
Jammin J Auto & Tire
Embassy Suites St. Charles
United Services for Children
Family Eyewear Gallery
St. Charles County Government
Duckett Creek Sanitary District
Acropolis Investment Mgt
City of St. Peters
Belleza Salon
City of Troy Missouri
11th Judicial Circuit
The Cruise & Travel Planner
BJC-Siteman Cancer Center
City of O’Fallon
Preferred Family Health
City of Saint Charles
The Sound Room
Mercy Virtual
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters & Progress West Hospitals
Delmar Gardens of O’Fallon Skilled Nursing & Rehab
Villages of St. Peters Memory Care

For more information, contact Erica Land, the Director at 636-443-4077 or Danielle Neuman, CEA Program Specialist, at danielle.neuman@scccaps.org or call 636-443-4952.