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Students skip class for a real-world education

Event gives high school students sampling of local industries, professionals

Posted: February 11, 2009 12:41 a.m.
Updated: February 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Yvonne Eadon, a Hart High School junior, takes notes during an orientation at the Groundhog Job Shadow Day luncheon Feb. 4. Eadon shadowed Pat Willett, a public relations specialist. Students received the opportunity to follow around professionals in various fields to learn how local industry operates.

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High school students skipped school and went to work Wednesday to experience what it takes to work in the professional workplace.

More than 140 students from the William S. Hart school district participated in Groundhog Job Shadow Day and shadowed local business professionals to get an inside glance at their professions.

"Students get to pick who they would like to shadow in terms of the specific industry and we do our best to match them with their first choice," said Adriana Estrada, SCV School & Business Alliance executive director.
Sarai Jimenez, a junior at Golden Valley High School and Karlie West, a junior at Hart High School, followed attorney Brian Koegle through out his workday at Poole & Shaffery LLP.

"I wanted to shadow Koegle because he is really involved in the community," West said. "His career (field) is something I am interested in."

After the girls met the attorneys at Poole & Shaffery, Koegle escorted them to the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse where they sat in on courtroom proceedings and observed attorneys in action. The girls met with Judge Graciela Freixes later in the afternoon.

"It was great speaking to Judge Freixes about her journey to becoming a judge," Jimenez said. "She even let us try on her black robe, which we learned judges have to wear anytime they are doing something official, even weddings! It was interesting hearing her comments on how women are getting into all the different aspects of law, now more than ever."

The girls rendezvoused with the other Hart District students for a recognition luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Sports Complex. Six Flags President Jay Thomas delivered a motivating speech and students shared the highlights of their shadowing experiences, Estrada said.

West's experience was enlightening and worthwhile, she said.

If she chooses a law profession, West wants to become a special victim lawyer, she said.

"I'm really interested in math and science," she said. "I'd like to (use that) to help people through their problems."

Jimenez hopes to become an immigration lawyer.

"I want to specifically help people in need and give (them) a chance for a better life," she said.

The Job Shadow Day is a valuable experience because students find out more about careers that interest them, Koegle said.

"It's an opportunity for them to ask questions that are relevant to their decision making process," he said.
Estrada agrees.

It's a proactive step toward exploring their career aspirations that gives them a behind the scenes reality check. Shadowing a professional will help them decide if a particular field is a good match for them, she said.

Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a national event supported locally by the The SCV School & Business Alliance. Since 2001, the alliance has connected more than 2,500 high school students with more than 1,000 SCV employers.

The activity provides both an introduction to the workforce and an opportunity to connect lessons from within the classroom to a variety of career paths.

SCV 2009 National Groundhog Job Shadow sponsors include Six Flags Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor, Boston Scientific, Charter College, Poole & Shaffrey LLP, Lundgren Management, Hart ROP, FMC Automotive, Imber Court Reporters, UVDI, Remo Inc., the City of Santa Clarita, Wildcat Technology Solutions and ProForma.


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