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Corner Canyon students shadow professionals to learn about careers

Apr 06, 2018 10:57AM ● By Julie Slama

Corner Canyon junior Jacie Remund, center, shadowed the general counsel for Larry H. Miller and was able to attend a legislative session and learn about lobbying at the state capitol during Canyons School District’s annual career and technical education job shadow day. (Patti Larkin/Canyons School District)

Corner Canyon High School junior Lauren Wilson spent a recent morning learning about product design, advertising, marketing, web design and international relations.

“I learned a lot; it was like a crash course of how to get to where I wanted to be,” she said about her experience job shadowing professionals at O.C. Tanner. “It was really inspiring and a lot of fun.”

Wilson, who competes for her school’s DECA business and marketing team, said shadowing gave her real-world experience she can bring into studies. 

She was one of about 100 students who took part in Canyons School District’s annual career and technical education job shadow day, which had representatives from 40 companies. Students spent the morning job shadowing professionals in fields such as marketing, architecture, medicine, finance and others before networking with them during lunch.

Canyons District CTE Coordinator Patti Larkin said this job shadow opportunity linked students from all five Canyons traditional high schools as well as Canyons Technical Education Center with larger companies, such as eBay, O.C. Tanner, Larry H. Miller companies and Hunt Electronics, which supported the job shadow day and allowed students to explore careers in engineering, IT, medicine and diesel.

Larry H. Miller Megaplex e-Commerce Manager Shelley Goodell said sophomore Cade Jackman job shadowed her as they explored the online side of building a business.

“He was goal-oriented and driven,” she said. “He knew what he wanted to do and was learning how to do it.”

Canyons Superintendent Jim Briscoe applauded students for getting a jumpstart in researching possible careers.

“This will make a huge difference as you move on after high school; you’ll have this experience to know if these careers are your passion and a field you want to pursue,” he said.

Keynote luncheon speaker, Gail Miller, oversees 11,000 people in 80 companies in 46 states as chief operating officer of Larry H. Miller companies. 

She was a silent partner in the family business until her husband, Larry, died of complications of diabetes in 2009.

“I certainly didn’t need the headache of running a business that large, and I didn’t need the money,” she told students, but it was the responsibility of continuing the family legacy and values she wanted to continue.

Of the values Miller mentioned, she told students, “Treat employees and customers and those with whom you interact with respect. You’re not better than anyone else so treat them with kindness you’d want in return. People are our most valuable asset.”

Miller, who keeps money in perspective (“use it wisely so you don’t become a slave to it”), also told students, “don’t forget your roots — where you can from — that’s where your values come from and that is part of you.” 

She recalled how they started out with one Toyota dealership in Murray before expanding to more than 60 car dealerships as well as professional sports teams, movie theaters and more. Miller still owns the original dealership today.

“Give back to the community and pay it forward. No one can make it alone; the success belongs to those who also contribute,” she said, adding that they should share the knowledge they’ve learned as well as ask for help along the way. “Don’t be afraid to lead. Be a student always; learn something every day to add richness to your life.”

Corner Canyon junior Jacie Remund job shadowed the general counsel for Larry H. Miller and was able to attend a legislative session and learn about lobbying at the state capitol.

“It was so cool,” she said. “She (Sarah Starkey) introduced me to a judge and all these key people there. I’m passionate about debate and law. I was able to learn so much.”

Canyons Board of Education member Nancy Tingey said the job shadowing career opportunity was beneficial to students.

“These community members support our students and give them the opportunity to receive valuable experience,” she said.

Miller challenged students to not only think about their paths, but to improve those around them.

“Wherever you go and whatever you do, do something that makes a difference in this world,” she said. “Light your fire and while looking for your success, help others who are doing the same thing.”