Job Shadow hosts help program succeed

Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Kenai Central High School, we want to thank our Job Shadow hosts for taking the time from their busy schedules to host 120 11th-grade students.

As with all events, this was a huge project, and without Colleen Ward chairing the Job Shadow committee along with Sal Mattero, it would not happen, and our volunteers — Beth Mishler, Rebecca Pitlo, Pam Lazenby, Marie English (who made initial contacts), Mario Bird, Sam Satathite, Dana Woodard, Matt Brown, Dan Chay, Audrey Coon, Synneva Hagen-Lillevak and Alena Bird. Thanks to McDonald's, Arby's, Pizza Boys and Coca Cola for the great luncheon; and Kenai Christian Church for the wonderful space for the luncheon.

What did some of the students think about this day?

Tony Bannock, who went to Alaska Flying Network, Medallion Foundations, Kenai Tower and Center said, "Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be a pilot. ... Letting me be part of your work really made things more clear."

Amanda Skinner, who went to Dr. Katy Sheridan's office said, "I will never forget the sonograms I witnessed because that was just mind-boggling and beautiful. ... (It) convinced me that a nurse is still what I want to be."

Christina Cupp, who was at Kenai Veterinary Clinic said, "The earmites were gross and cool looking at the same time. This was my favorite part of the day."

John Ryan Copple, who was at Marathon Oil said, "I am definitely considering a career in gas-oil processing. I am thinking about going to KPC oil and instrument classes."

And thank you to our job hosts: First National Bank, Alaska Flying Network, Alaska State Troopers, Kenai Veterinary Clinic, Big G Electric, Carlile Transportation, Carol Brenckle, City of Kenai Maintenance Department, City of Soldotna, Central Peninsula General Hospital, United Methodist Church, Dr. James Julien, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Dr. Todd Wortham, Edward Jones, Kenai Auto, Kenai Middle School, Elaine Pate interior designer, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Freedom Realty, Frontier Physical Therapy, ReMax, Homer Electric Association, Healthy Changes, Haircutters, KSRM, KDLL, ArtWorks, Karlene's Acupuncture and Day Spa, Spruce Tree Publishing, Kenai Fire Department, MediCenter, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kenai Police Department, Kenai Air Traffic Control Tower, Kenai Automated Flight Service Station, Medallion Foundation, Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, Kenai Peninsula College, Klauder and Associates, Marathon, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, Mykel's, Nikiski Fire Department, Exploring Alaska, Peninsula Clarion, Peninsula Memorial Chapel, Public Health nurses, Safeway-Carrs, Signworks, Social Services, Soldotna Fire Department, Waddell and Reed; and Wince, Corthel and Bryson.

Janie Odgers, Executive director, Kenai Chamber of Commerce

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