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Career Path Mentors Program
                  


Motivating students onto positive career paths


 LOCAL LEADERS' OPINIONS  

Superintendent, Ventura County Schools [Dr. Charles Weis]:
"The career path presentations, which are the core of the program, are a tried and proven method for inspiring students. By providing students with multiple real work-world examples throughout the year, they learn about careers they may like, the education or training paths that lead to these careers, and what it takes to succeed. … Your plan for establishing baselines and measuring change will support … continuous improvement."


Superintendent, Ventura Unified School District [Dr. Trudy Arriaga]:
"Every now and then a program comes along that is a true standout in terms of the enormous value it provides to our students and Segue is just such a program….I frequently hear glowing reports from teachers and speakers about their appreciation for Segue…. The best news is that the program produces! Its measured student outcomes are excellent, resulting in just the type of data we had all hoped for…. Segue supports students in taking responsibility for where their lives are headed and so much more.


Principal, Ventura High School [Larry Emrich (in letter to parents)]:
"It is our great pleasure to announce to you directly the news of a wonderful new program that can greatly support students' lives. … The program brings enormous potential to increase students' future career and vocational successes.,.. A bright spot in these challenging budgetary times, the Segue Program answers this question: How can students become motivated now for a future about which they have such a limited concept?"


Chief Probation Office, Ventura County [Calvin Remington]:
"I am particularly enthused about the preventive methodology of [the Segue] intervention as it helps mitigate the environmental conditions and factors that greatly increase the likelihood of juvenile delinquency. ... When students have hope for the future they come to learn and see viable career paths available. Your program provides a vehicle for them to do so and this can go a long way toward reducing stress, improving mental health, and assisting them in choosing career paths other than those of low-paying jobs. This will ultimately help them become productive citizens."


Chancellor of the Ventura Community Colleges [James Meznek]:
"Segue provides an often-missing link to the workforce that students desperately need. It motivates and inspires them to act on behalf of their own futures. It's just the type of efficient and easily replicable program that community colleges have been calling for. My recommendation is that you implement it as quickly and broadly as you can."


Chairman, VCEDA, Ventura County Economic Development Assoc. [Howard Smith]:
"… Segue Program will bring meaningful strategic benefit to our local workforce and economy. … We know from past decades that job shadowing is a tried and proven way to inspire our youth, yet the Segue Program goes so much further in terms of the metrics it provides. In a normal year it is a lot for 10 - 20 students from a school to participate in job shadowing, yet Segue in just two months of it's pilot program has already reached nearly 800 students multiple times. This is impressive!"


Chair, Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Education Committee [Pattie Braga]:
"You can count on [our] support and collaboration for speakers…. They Chamber is comprised of over 600 members, each with a commitment to community, and each with a different story of … the real world … after high school. It is a critical time for teens… they must make choices… but fail to know the choices they have. Segue gives support in this very arena and your self-scheduling system makes it easy for the business community to schedule…. So your program is perfect!"


Chief Executive Officer, SCORE, a resource partner with the U.S. SBA [Ken Yancey]:
"We are eager to participate with you and the Segue Program as you replicate it beyond your initial pilot. … The Segue Program … offers many of the key components that can ultimately impact our workforce in a very positive way. ... Perhaps most importantly, your program is based on a classic precept for success: helping people help themselves."


President, Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard [Steven Kinney]:
"First of all, I want to applaud your forward thinking approach to preparing the future workforce so efficiently…. When it comes to teaching students realities about the careers..., there is no better way than having people from industry and the trades come and speak about their real life experiences.... [Segue] introduces students to many career paths that they may have never thought about."


Director, Tech Prep Consortium, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz [Laura Grinder]:
"The Segue Program that your team has developed holds great promise for students. Based on our experience during the past eight years with a similar program in Santa Cruz County it is clear to me that not only is there great need for programs such as Segue, the program is likely to become very valuable and greatly appreciated by the students … parents and the local business community."


Dean, Economic Development & Comm. Initiatives, Oxnard College [Jaime Casillas]:
"Presenting high school students with direct knowledge about career opportunities has always been highly effective in motivating them to advance towards gainful employment. … [Our] ENLACE project ... airs community education videos that specifically target youth and parents ... about higher education opportunities. We would be interested in exploring ... collaborating with your organization"


Career Center Coordinator, Ventura High School [Rita Darling]:
"I have heard positive remarks from my staff about the [Segue] guest speakers. … With the addition of Segue, we are once again providing this contact with real people doing real jobs in our community. I can see that, through Segue, students will not only be introduced to many different careers, but an equally important piece, .., [they will learn] there is a path that we all must take in order to pursue the goals we have for our future careers. Students quickly figure out that we don't all start as the CEO.