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A Day Spent in the Shadows

Posted: February 2, 2008 3:50 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2008 2:02 a.m.
 
Saugus junior Adam Preciado was pretty sure he wanted to eventually work in the culinary arts industry, and after spending Friday morning with Paul Manshon, director of culinary operation at Princess Cruises in Valencia, Preciado said his future plans were now set.

"I want to study cooking in college and, hopefully, later in life, open up my own restaurant," Preciado said.
Students across Santa Clarita got an up-close look at how the skills they are learning in school can be used in the workplace Friday as they participated in National Job Shadow Day. Those assigned to the Princess Cruises headquarters shadowed employees in the marketing, public relations, culinary arts, graphic arts and protective services departments.
Senior Production Artist Gus Sivak designs and produces promotional materials for the cruise line. He demonstrated the basic software that he uses for the four students shadowing him, telling them it is the software used by most graphic designers.
"A lot of my work is done on the computer, so I was just going to have one of these guys jump in and try it out," Sivak said.
Hart junior Jordan Kuch was shadowing Sivak because she would like to some day work in an architectural field.
"I wanted to see first hand what it's all about, and what people do in this industry," Kuch said.
Senior Marketing Communications Specialist Tracy Diaz showed her two students all the promotional materials Princess Cruises puts out to reach their customer base. After talking to the students about her job, she planned to put them to work on a special project.
"They're going to help me work on trade show booth components," Diaz said.
Saugus senior Cynthia Pakro is torn between choosing marketing or international business as a career, which is why she chose to shadow an employee of Princess Cruises, where she could do both.
"In high school, you think you know what you want to do, but until you get out there and get some hands-on experience, you really don't know," Pakro said.
Job Shadow Day is presented each year by the Santa Clarita Valley School & Business Alliance. Close to 300 students participated in the event this year.
"It was a great success," said Sharon Kramer, program director for the Alliance. "The students were able to glean great information from the businesses, and the businesses shared their expertise with the students. That kind of collaboration builds a better community."


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