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Mabton lauds job shadow successes

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David Rodriguez (left) shakes the hand of Jeanette Williams (right), School Board Chairwoman, after Rodriguez took his oath of office to fill the school board position vacated by the resignation of Michael Guzman.

Mabton School Board officials unanimously voted to approve a Business Education Partnership Agreement that facilitates job shadowing for students at Mabton Junior Senior High School.

High school teacher Mike Surmeyer told school board officials that he had the pleasure of sitting in on almost all of the senior exit interviews and a resounding theme heard during that process was that the students thoroughly appreciated the process.

Rubi Perez, a student representative for the school board, said that she was fortunate enough to have three job shadows and that, in one, she was allowed to watch a patient be prepped for surgery. Perez reported that she was extremely disappointed when she had to leave before the prepping of the patient was finished.

Surmeyer reported that Mabton has more students involved in job shadows than Yakima and Grandview combined and that "almost every single student" participates. By graduation, he said, students are expected to have participated in at least two.

When students are freshmen, they can go as a group, but they cannot go on a job shadow on their own.

All told, there were 400 job shadow experiences for Mabton students during the 2006-07 school year.

Surmeyer credited the success to the support of the school board and school district.

Also at last night's meeting, David Rodriguez took his oath of office to serve as a School board member, filling the spot vacated by Michael Guzman's resignation.

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