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Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a national initiative launched in 1998 as part of “America’s Promise.” The intent of this initiative is to bring students into the workplace and provide them with the opportunity to experience the world of work firsthand and make that critical link between school and career.  Students engage in early career exploration that leads to better informed choices by “shadowing” employees in the workplace and employers have the opportunity to present career options to potential future employees in real-time, in the real world.  

On February 6, 2013, NOVA, in partnership with the City of Sunnyvale, hosted its annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Nearly twenty high school juniors from Homestead High School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program participated. AVID is a college preparatory program designed to aid economically disadvantaged and academically average first-generation students who have the potential to succeed in college. Many AVID graduates become the first in their family to attend college.

The morning began with a warm welcome and overview from Sunnyvale Mayor Spitaleri followed by presentations about City governance and programs from Sunnyvale City Councilmember Davis and representatives from City departments. Students then moved to their assigned departments to participate in the job shadow portion of the program with host sites throughout City government, which provided youth with opportunities to experience the diverse careers that city government can offer. NOVA hosted a job shadow site and the lunch and wrap-up that followed the morning program.

NOVA would like to extend a special thank you to Sunnyvale Mayor Spitaleri and Sunnyvale City Councilmember Davis for their generous contributions to this event. In addition, NOVA would like to thank the City of Sunnyvale and all of the City departments who presented and hosted sites. Your contributions made this year’s event another big success which will go a long way to preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s careers.