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Campbell Students Learn About Career Paths

The Annual Ground Hogs Day/Job Shadow takes place today at Campbell City Hall.

It's Groundhog's Day today and across the country the famous Punxsutawney Phil declared there will be more winter ahead. But here in Campbell, there will be another kind of shadow-seeing going on.

The Silicon Valley Junior Achievement and the city of Campbell are hosting the annual Groundhog/Job Shadow Day today. Approximately 20 students from will come together at Campbell City Hall to learn about various career paths in the city and through local businesses, including Campbell Patch.

"We are trying to make connections between the relevance of school and the world of work," says Silicon Valley Junior Achievement event coordinator Jennifer Mendoza.

Junior Achievement nationwide is focused on attacking the dropout crisis in America, Mendoza says.

"Nationwide there's a 30 percent drop out rate, about 7,000 students drop out each day," she says. "Junior Achievement really wants to attack the silent epidemic and have found that helping students learn about work, take them behind the scenes by linking them with local businesses gives them a first hand look at 21st century jobs."

Students participating in the annual event spend a few hours with working professionals learning about their career paths, skills, and professionalism necessary to be successful.

Job shadow days have been offered for several years, close to a dozen now, says city of Campbell Spokesman Al Bito.

"Employees really enjoy it too because it makes them feel important to share their career paths and gets them a chance to get excited over what they do," he says.

Students throughout Santa Clara County will be participating today, Friday Feb. 3 and in the next few weeks with various organizations and businesses participating this year, including Kaiser Permanente, IMB, William Maston Architect and Associates in Mountain View, Genentec on Friday. Job shadows at Google took place last Friday and are scheduled for Feb. 14 with Comerica Bank.

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