Business leaders are encouraged to mentor young students nominated by their teachers for participation in Oklahoma’s first National Groundhog Job Shadow Day on Feb. 1.

Bringing the national event to Oklahoma was Kim Osmani’s idea.

She is the coordinator of Transition School to Work, an Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services program that provides career counseling and work experience to students with disabilities.

“DRS staff and teachers are excited about the chance for students to have a one-day job shadow introduction to an employer’s workplace,” Osmani said. “Everybody benefits. Students apply skills that they learned in the classroom to the real world. Employers introduce students to potential careers and share their perspective on employment success. And DRS, which is Oklahoma’s employment agency for people with disabilities, brings the two together.”

Osmani wants high school teachers from across the state to register as many interested youth with disabilities as possible on Oklahoma’s National Groundhog Job Shadow Day website. Information must be entered no later than Friday at

Schools with the largest percentage of students participating will receive recognition and awards.

Interested employers are encouraged to contact Kimberly Osmani at (405) 635-2768 or by Friday. There is no cost to participate.

Host businesses with the highest number of mentoring hours will also receive recognition and awards.

“All participating students will earn certificates in addition to invaluable mentoring and career exploration experience,” Osmani said.

For more information about National Groundhog Job Shadow Day, visit