Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | March 2, 2011

Job Shadow Important Educational Tool

The Chamber was pleased to be invited to attend the Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day press conference this morning (Wednesday, March 2). The experiential program allows students to gain first hand knowledge about industry and careers prior to entering the workforce.

As a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, I know first hand about the importance of introducing students to the work environment. Job Shadow Day is just one example of the important insight students can get by understanding how a professional organization operates. In addition, they are gaining access to valuable contacts who may lead to other opportunities as they progress through the educational process.

Simply put, job shadowing helps students connect classroom learning to real world opportunities.

Among the speakers at this morning’s event were: Mayor Angel Tavares, Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist, Martha Sheridan, President and CEO of the Providence/Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as representatives from Junior Achievement.

The event is a partnership with the RI Hospitality Education Foundation, Junior Achievement of RI and Tech Collective. A check for $2,500 was presented to Junior Achievement of RI from the RI Hospitality Education Foundation

As a result the partnership, students from Davies Career & Technical High School, the Textron Chamber of Commerce Academy and the Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center will be visiting lodging properties throughout Rhode Island.

For more information about Junior Achievement Job Shadow day click here

– Janet Raymond, Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Operations at the Chamber and  Board Member of Junior Achievement of RI.


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