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Eli’s Cheesecake’s Participation in Groundhog Job Shadow Week highlighted by the Chicago Public Schools

February 2, 2006

CPS Students Get to Work During Groundhog Job Shadow Week

Students with Disabilities Participate in Program for First Time


More than 1,500 students will be “working” alongside professionals at places like Eli’s Cheesecake, the Chicago Police and Fire Departments, Fermi Labs, and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, as part of Groundhog Shadow Week, launched today at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111 th St.

TV producer and rancher Bill Kurtis, Jill Wine-Banks, CPS Chief Officer of Education to Careers, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner (MOPD) Karen Tamley and Eli’s CEO Marc Schulman were among the many leaders who helped kick off the annual initiative, aimed at giving kids a taste of the real world. Groundhog Job Shadow Week is a national event organized locally by CPS’ Office of Education-To-Careers (ETC).

CPS students will be learning from mentors at different sites across Chicagoland, including The Harris Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, and City of Chicago Airport Operations. Among officials to be shadowed by students are Fire Commissioner Cortez Trotter and Police Supt. Phil Cline.

“This event is a fun and meaningful way for our students to get an up-close look at a variety of professions out there,’’ said Jill Wine-Banks of ETC. “We are very grateful there are many people, businesses and organizations that are willing to take the time to support and inspire these kids, who are the workforce of the future.”

This year, CPS is teaming up with MOPD to encourage students with disabilities to explore employment possibilities. MOPD connected 27 CPS students with disabilities with employers in the public and private sectors, as well as at some advocacy organizations.

Many of the participating students also attended Disability Mentoring Day last fall, which underscored the connection between school and work through a series of workshops that focused on the skills and education needed to succeed in the workplace.

“For these students, Job Shadow Day is a chance to utilize the skills they learned at Disability Mentoring Day in a professional atmosphere,” said MOPD Commissioner Tamley. “As part of our efforts to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation, we promote the full participation and equal access of people with disabilities of all ages, in all aspects of life, especially in the workplace.”

Eli’s Cheesecake is the partner organization for the Ag School, and Schulman is co-chair of the school’s Business Advisory Council. Schulman worked with local businesses to make sure that every junior and senior at the Ag School could have a job shadow assignment this week.

“The Ag School has thrived on its partnerships throughout the year, and it’s really been a leader with ETC,” Schulman said. “This program is really a way of seeing [business] through the business person’s eyes.”

Most students begin their job shadowing today, when the program officially kicks off. Many projects will extend beyond this week and some will turn into internships.

The Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school district and the second-largest employer in Illinois, with more than 43,000 employees. The school system operates 600 schools and serves 426,000 students.

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Second Day of Groundhog Job Shadow with students from CHSAS

Each CHSAS student had the opportunity to scale and mix their own Eli’s Cheesecake.

Over half of the cheesecakes baked at Eli’s are decorated. Here our Job Shadow students decorate their own cakes.

Each cake was a work of art!

Our Job Shadow students were able to meet with a group of Eli’s leaders from a cross section of areas. Here Boris Bajlovic explains what is involved in selling Eli’s internationally.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Hosts First Day of Groundhog Job Shadow Day Activities for Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Students

On Groundhog Day, February 2nd, we participated in the Chicago Public Schools kickoff for Groundhog Job Shadow Day at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

This week, on Monday, February 6th, we hosted the first of two groups from CHSAS for a day of activities.

Our thanks to Ben Suirek, our Quality Assurance Manager, who planned the day’s activities, Here is what the students did throughout the

Tour of the Bakery

Students are given their instructions on how to cost and bake a cheesecake. As part of the program, the students receive a batch sheet with ingredients and percentage, as well as cost per unit. They will have to determine the amount of each ingredient to be used and the cost. They will be given the amount that their customer will pay for the cake and will have to keep track of the ingredients used, labor costs, decoration cost, and packaging cost.

They will mix and deposit their product

While the cakes are baking and cooling the kids will have lunch and participate in a presentations by Eli’s associates in sales, research & development, purchasing, quality assurance, production, decorating and packing, customer service, accounting and human resources.

Depan and then analyze cakes for quality

Decoration – Students are given their choice of a chocolate nut topping, candy topping, or fruit topping keeping in mind their customers cost.

Concluding conference to review the day, to finish costing and to analyze profit or loss on the sale of their cake. Re-group in the conference room to finish costing and discus how much money they would make on their cake.



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