JA Job Shadow Day Sends 200 Students on the Job
On Friday, January 31, 200 Pittsburgh-area high school students from twelve schools had the opportunity to experience the world of work first-hand as they shadowed employees at twelve different companies. Junior Achievement of Western PA’s Job Shadow Program, in conjunction with JA’s National Job Shadow Day, aims to place real-world experiences into the hands of 100,000 students in grades 9-12 each year. Through these experiences, students are given the opportunity to explore what career paths they may want to take, while also equipping them with work-readiness skills necessary for each student’s future success.
Student participants of JA Job Shadow Day were offered a wide variety of careers and professions to shadow including airfield operations, home energy, prosthetics, finance, and merchandising. Students who visited the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services office were given the opportunity to witness a citizenship ceremony firsthand, while others who visited the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) were exposed to worldwide leading technology and projects to help improve mobility for those with disabilities. (Right)
Junior Achievement would like to thank all of the companies and employees who participated in Job Shadow Day for helping to build bright futures for today’s youth!
JA Job Shadow Day was made possible in part through a generous grant from the Taco Bell Foundation.
Quote 'Em — Company & School Employees on their Participation in JA Job Shadow Day
"Interacting with the kids is an amazing experience. With the questions they ask, they know what is going on. You know they are going to achieve."
"Just for this 1-day program, JA Job Shadow opens their eyes to the possibilities of the future."
- Michael Horvath
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
"The University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories is delighted to offer high school students from the Greater Pittsburgh region an opportunity to explore careers in health and rehabilitation sciences, engineering, and cutting-edge technology......we are engaging students in hands-on experiences in orthotics and prosthetics, human-centered design, 3-D printing, and smart home technology in support of the next generation of scientists, innovators, and educators!"
- Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL)
The University of Pittsburgh
"It was beneficial that students were placed in areas of interest. We realize how much is asked of everyone in the business community. We also know that the time the airport employees spent with students took time away from their daily duties. Please extend our gratitude to everyone involved. Their knowledge, experience, and suggestions will certainly help our students with future decisions."
- Marianne Cibulas, Career Education Coordinator
Quaker Valley High School