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Securis supports Groundhog Job Shadow Day – February 2nd



Michelle Snyder

Director of Communications and Public Relations

(703) 268-5153 or [email protected]

Northern Virginia’s Technology Companies to Team with Local Students for Groundhog Job Shadow Day on February 2

NVTC Member Companies to Host Students to Provide Exposure to High Tech Workplace

(HERNDON, VA., Jan. 30, 2007) – On Friday, February 2, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the National Job Shadow Coalition and Fairfax County Public Schools will match students with businesses from across Northern Virginia to give youth first-hand exposure to the high tech workplace—for one day—in the hopes of inspiring new academic and career choices and promoting entrepreneurialism in the minds of participating students.

What: Annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2007

When: Friday, Feb. 2, 2007

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Companies throughout Northern Virginia

Who: More than 150 middle and high school students and 30 local companies, including several NVTC member companies. Two young NVTC member companies participating are Catapult Consulting in Falls Church and Securis in Chantilly. Another member organization that works with start-ups and is hosting a student is the Mason Enterprise Center in Fairfax. All of these organizations are supported by The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC. Other NVTC members hosting students include AH&T Insurance in Leesburg; CACI International in Arlington; FGM, Inc. in Reston; Greenberg Traurig in McLean; IDEA in Arlington; Mitretek Systems in Falls Church; Northrop Grumman Information Technology in Chantilly; Project Performance Corporation in McLean; Scheer Partners in McLean; Silicon Valley Bank in Vienna; Verizon Business in Ashburn; and Verizon Multimedia in Arlington. To obtain a full list of participating organizations, contact Michelle Snyder at [email protected]

Why: Provide students an up-close look at the world of work, give a firsthand account of how the skills they learn in school will relate to the workplace, and reinforce the connection between academic achievement and career planning for young adults. At the same time, employers gain awareness of the potential talent of the workforce of the future.


·         The participation level in Groundhog Job Shadow Day has dramatically increased since its inception. The first year, only 20 students were involved, compared to more than 150 in recent years.  This year more than 180 students are expected to participate.

·         This is a nationwide event led by the National Job Shadow Coalition, which consists of America’s Promise, Junior Achievement, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education, and in Northern Virginia by JA of the National Capital Area.

This event is “media-friendly.” If you are interested in visiting any of the job sites, please contact Michelle Snyder at [email protected] or (703) 268-5153

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia and is the largest technology council in the nation. NVTC has about 1,100 member companies representing more than 188,000 employees. Its membership includes companies from all sectors of the technology industry and the service providers that support these companies, as well as universities, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. NVTC is recognized as the nation’s leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events, specialized services and benefits, public policy advocacy, branding of its region as a major global technology center, initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas, the Equal Footing Foundation that focuses on venture philanthropy and public/private partnerships, and The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC to mentor new technology entrepreneurs. Visit NVTC at


The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC was established in 2004 as a resource center for emerging technology companies and individual entrepreneurs. The goals of the center are to provide a clearinghouse of resources and services for the entrepreneur at every stage of his or her lifecycle—from fostering entrepreneurship in students, to mentoring the first-time entrepreneur, advising the returning entrepreneur and engaging the seasoned entrepreneur in venture philanthropy. The Entrepreneur Center is supported by the Northern Virginia Technology Council. To learn more about The Entrepreneur Center, visit

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