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City Participates in Job Shadow Day
Novato Rotary and Marin County Office of Education partnered to offer their second annual Job Shadow Day on Friday, March 31. All of Novato's local high schools participated in the program, and the City of Novato hosted a total of 16 students.
City Manager, Regan Candelario, gave an overview of local government and Novato-specific projects and issues. Afterwards, students were placed in law enforcement, engineering, information technology, planning and construction inspection. City Engineer, Chris Blunk, put students to work and had them help solve a curb cutting dilemma, which they did.
"The small example we worked through will ultimately result in a benefit to Novato residents, and is just one of the many challenges we face every day to improve and enhance our public infrastructure. It takes the hard work of educated and dedicated professionals to make this happen, and I hope our job shadow program inspired people to consider a future in public service," said Blunk.
Students toured the City's administrative offices and police station, they reviewed design plans and went to the Redwood and Grant intersection to learn more about the transit station project, currently under construction. According to event chaperones, students said they learned a lot and also had a lot of fun being with the City of Novato for the morning.
After the job shadow program concluded, students and event hosts were invited to a Rotary Club meeting and luncheon at the Margaret Todd Senior Center. Phil Brown, Rotary Club President and prior Novato City Manager said he enjoyed working with the City of Novato, and hopes to continue to provide this opportunity to future students.