Community High School District 94

326 Joliet Street, West Chicago IL 60185

Contact:  Mary Randle's email, 630/876-6556
Community Relations Coordinator

PRESS RELEASE

Feb 24, 2005

CHS's Youth in Business & Industry Day
Helps Students Focus on Career Choices

Youth in Business and Industry Day helps relieve some of the pressure on teens to make a career choice. On March 4, approximately 45 Community High School students will meet with area employers for a mini-job shadowing experience. This is a Business/Education Partnership event sponsored by Community High School District 94 and the West Chicago and Winfield Chambers of Commerce. Youth in Business and Industry Day has become so popular that it's now held twice a year.

"We match up all interested students with a business that's compatible with their career choices. In almost all cases, we've been able to fulfill their first choice of careers," said Business/Education Coordinator Cass Streicher. "The job-shadowing experiences range from the medical field to sports management, from teaching to automotive technician, from business administration to criminal investigation."

Two of this year's students, Brittney Peters and Sarah Humphries, will spend the morning at WGN-TV with anchorman Larry Potash. Joseph Malandruccolo will shadow an emergency room physician at Delnor Hospital, while Pediatric Associates in West Chicago will host Maricela Ballinas. Nicole Franz has been matched with Pamela Meyer Davis, the CEO of Edward Hospital. Davis who is an alumnae of Community High School who knew she wanted to become a hospital administrator when she was still in high school. Law remains ever popular and this time we have added two law firms to our mentor base. Patty Perez will be shadowing a paralegal at Fawell and Associates, while Derek Jensen and Julie Shaw will be shadowing lawyers Mary Dixon and Pat Bond of Bond, Dixon and Associates. "We also receive many requests for teaching, the medical field, engineering, architecture and law enforcement," said Streicher.

"The students have been very enthusiastic about their experiences with Youth in Business & Industry Day," said Streicher. "This is a great opportunity for them to get a hands-on look at a career. Even if they decide they don't like a certain career after all, it's still a positive experience, because then they can begin looking at other choices."

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