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Student Testimonials
I have been in the health Occupations classes for two years now. From my experiences, I have learned that I wanted to become a physical therapist. I have been on a couple of job shadows before but I never really knew what happened in emergency rooms and clinics. When I finally got the chance to go on a job shadow to a local physical therapy clinic, I found that I really enjoyed seeing what a physical therapist does. I used to want to be a surgeon but since I didn’t get to a chance to job shadow a surgeon, I changed my career path. Job shadows have a major impact on me so I know what to expect, and what there is to do.
by Andy C.
Employer Testimonials
It has been such a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to mentor these young ladies from Barbara Roberts. I have been so impressed, as I have gotten to know the girls, at their determination to succeed against difficult odds. I sincerely hope that whatever contribution that we are able to make will help them achieve the goals that they have set for their futures.
by Bonnie Beam, BJB Design


Throughout the nation, too many students are graduating from high school unprepared for the real-life demands of the workplace and college.

Consider data from a recent report:

  • 40% of the nation’s high school graduates say they are inadequately prepared for the demands of employment and postsecondary education.
  • 39% of recent graduates are unprepared for the expectations of entry-level jobs
  • 50% of students entering higher education take at least one remedial course; nearly two in 10 entering students take three or more remedial courses.

(Source:  Achieve, Inc.)

In 2004, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce,  Keizer Chamber of Commerce, the Salem-Keizer School District, and Enterprise for Employment and Education partnered to create Ready to Learn – Ready to Work to help prepare our students for success.  Through work-based learning experiences ranging from job shadows and internships to workplace tours and classroom presentations, employers are helping to make lessons come alive in a way no teacher in a classroom can.  When students have access to the workplace, they learn first-hand how and why the things they study in school are connected to jobs, careers, and further education.  Students better understand the importance of workforce skills and attitudes and begin to develop a vision of their future.

Join other Salem-Keizer employers in helping local students become Ready to Learn – Ready to Work.