Rep. Wallace Collins, District 45, recently invited two students from the Junior Achievement Job Shadow program and one from the Oklahoma Close Up program to spend the day.

"These are great programs," said Collins, D-Norman. "The young people have a good time. They get to see how the legislative process works first-hand and they get to meet legislators and others in government whom they otherwise might only see on the evening news."

Joining Collins for the day was Oklahoma Close Up participant Alondra Martinez of Southeast High School and Junior Achievement Job Shadows Haley Thompson of Westmoore High School and Annette Willingham of Bridgecreek High School.

This is the third year Collins has participated in the Junior Achievement program, which paired 44 students from four high schools with government officials.

The program helps students learn about careers and see for themselves how what they learn in school will be beneficial when they begin working.

"Job shadowing provides that link for students between skills learned at school and those required for the workplace," commented Shannan Beeler, president of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Close Up helps familiarize students with the various aspects of government through in-person meetings with government officials, judges, media representatives, lobbyists, and special interest group members.

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