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Mentors, executive staff and students come together for Job Shadow Day 2011.

PHOTO HIGHLIGHT: Students Visit the District for Job Shadow Day
by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 05/2011

Like the swallows to Capistrano, the students came back to Caltrans again this year (as they have for the last 10).

On April 13, District 7 held its annual Job Shadow Day, in which 21 students from Franklin High School and 20 from Wilson High School visited the district as part of the Adopt-a-School program, sponsored by the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office. The program matches students with volunteer mentors from Caltrans, who offer advice and assistance throughout the school year.

“It’s very gratifying to see that the program continues to attract mentors,” said EEO’s James Deno. “Everyone who has volunteered to work with the students finds the experience very rewarding.”

District executives and mentors spoke to the students as they assembled before being assigned to their activities. “We’re more than just the guys you see on the side of road—although they’re really important too,” said District 7 Director Mike Miles. “I hope you develop an interest in what we do because you will take our places in the future.”

Operations Deputy Frank Quon, a Franklin alumnus,encouraged the students to take a look at all Caltrans has to offer. “We’re a very large organization with many business opportunities,” he said, advising them to pursue advanced degrees to create the greatest number of career choices.

Project Manager Shahriar Yadegari said that engineering is a passion. “Every day I come to work with a big smile because I love my job. You’ve got to feel it.”

External Affairs Deputy Deborah Robertson celebrates the long-term relationship between the district and the two high schools. Maintenance Division Senior Transportation Engineer Hector Obeso shows his students the Arroyo Seco exhibit at the District 7 museum. Project Manager Shahriar Yadegari conveys his enthusiasm for his job.