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AT&T, Junior Achievement Bring Kids from King Chavez High to Work

November 29, 2012

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, students from King Chavez High School joined AT&T for a Job Shadow program provided by Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties. The 50 students shadowed engineers, customer service representatives, sales representatives, business managers and network analysts for the whole day. 

The JA Job Shadow program allows students to explore various careers in a real world setting. Since the initiation of the Job Shadow with AT&T, the partnership has provided a unique, career exploration experience to the students along with the financial support. 

“It’s very rewarding to help motivate the young kids and emphasize the importance of a college education,”  said Catherine Ojeda, a customer service representative at AT&T. “And it’s the opportunity to give a tour of our office and share what it’s like to work for AT&T.”

For the program, the students prepared their resumes to do mock interviews with the AT&T employees and learned what managers look for in a job candidate. The students also got a sense of the corporate ethics and different skills needed to advance in the careers.

“They gave us good tips for later in the future I will use when applying for a job,” said Guillermo, a 10th grade student at King Chavez High School. “Plus, we learned about how dangerous texting and driving is.”
AT&T and Junior Achievement has been partnering since 2008 for the JA Job Shadow program, which proved to have a substantial impact on the students. JA Worldwide administered a survey for the AT&T Job Shadow Initiative with the following results measuring the impact of the program on students:

•    97 percent of students agreed that doing well in school helps them achieve career goals.
•    91 percent of students felt the Job Shadow experience made them more aware of career options.
•    88 percent of students felt that participating in Job Shadow made them realize the importance of staying in school.

To learn more about Junior Achievement and its work readiness programs, please visit To learn more about AT&T, please visit


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES works locally to reach 50,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year with its financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit