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LETTERS JOB SHADOWING PARTICIPANTS GET CONGRATULATED.

On behalf of the Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance, I want to thank the Santa Clarita businesses and their employees who participated in our sixth annual National Groundhog Job Shadow Day on Jan. 31. When we asked those in the business community if job shadowing was in their future, there was a resounding yes - with participation by 146 students and 114 business hosts in this yearly kick-off event.

On Groundhog Job Shadow Day, students interested in exploring particular career opportunities pair up and shadow business people and professionals as they go about their normal workday. Students get an up-close look at how the skills they are learning in school are used every day in the workplace, which provides an answer to their question, Why do I have to learn this?

The experience is meant to motivate students to do well in school and to help them chart their future. Meanwhile, employers and employee mentors gain satisfaction from the fact that they are able to help prepare our future work force by giving insights as to the education and skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and to achieve goals. Employee mentors have the opportunity to help a child become a successful adult.

While job shadowing is a serious program with serious objectives, it is not only the student who learns and has fun during this experience. Employers and other businesses leaders who volunteer to be shadowed also take pleasure from rediscovering what it was that initially attracted them to their occupation and what it is that provides meaning and excitement in their jobs. Both the ``groundhog'' and the ``shadow'' share the same enthusiasm as one eagerly imparts his knowledge and shares his experiences with an equally eager young student hoping to follow in the other's footsteps.

Job shadowing is indeed preparing our youth of today to become our work force of tomorrow. We invite students and businesses to participate, and you don't need to wait until Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2004 to get involved.

The Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance thanks each and every one of our participants. Groundhog Job Shadow Day and School-to-Career activities would not exist if it were not for the involvement of local business and industry. Our continued success rests on the support of dedicated and committed community members.

Ann Kerman

Executive Director

Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance
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Date:Feb 9, 2003
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