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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


On behalf of the Salem and Keizer Chambers of Commerce, the Salem-Keizer School District, and E3: Employers for Education Excellence, we want to thank you for your interest and encourage you to take the next step in support of our community’s youth.

There are a number of ways for you to get involved in Ready to Learn – Ready to Work and make a difference in a student’s future.  This website is designed as a toolbox for employers with information and resources to answer your questions and help you get started.

Everyone has a role to play to help students succeed. Research shows community involvement in schools helps improve students’ attendance, grades and graduation rates. Employers have a unique role to play in supporting the academic success of our students – they bring expertise, resources, and employee volunteers to the challenge.  Throughout our community, employers are increasingly allowing their employees to work with students, working with students themselves, and bringing students into their place of work to help them understand that what they learn in school is relevant to the workplace.

In 2004, the Salem Area Chamber of CommerceKeizer Chamber of Commerce, the Salem-Keizer School District, and Enterprise fo Employment & Education partnered to create Ready to Learn – Ready to Work to help prepare our students for the demands of the workplace and college.  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.  Students are learning first-hand about the skills, attitudes and education required by a variety of careers.  They are building a vision for their future.

Join us today and help Salem-Keizer students become Ready to Learn – Ready to Work.

It’s easy, simply contact one of our workforce development team:

Grace Geddes, Workforce Development Specialist
503-581-1466 ext. 308
Kathy Moore, Workforce Development Director
503-581-1466 ext. 316