Joshua Teutsch, a Crossett High School 10th grader, has spent the second half of his sophomore year in the Opportunity for Work Based Learning Program, otherwise known as OWL.

While in the program, Joshua said that he wanted to work in the fire department. After talking with fire department officials about the OWL program, the fire department took him on board.

Teutsch said he has enjoyed his time after school with the young firefighters and medics.

The guys at the station have given him a great experience showing him about the “fire life,” he said.

What they have also done is guided him down the path of a potential full or part time post high school career.

Successful partnerships with public agencies and local businesses are key to supporting the young adults in the Owl Program governed by Arkansas Rehabilitation and Arkansas Transition, an official with the program said.

Students like Teutsch get the chance to see what careers are really like when they get the chance to job shadow at places like the Crossett Fire Department.

His job was set up with Assistant Chief Michael Willhight in January.

Teutsch has been going to the fire department twice a week for two hours to help do odds and end jobs around the fire station.

Teutsch said he has really enjoyed the job shadowing and extra money this opportunity has given him.

Most students in high school don’t really know what they want as a career after high school.

Being able to see what goes on in a career first hand gives students an idea if they would want to spend time in school for it.

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