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GAINESVILLE - Twenty-four students from Gainesville High School arrived at the Gainesville AT&T offices Thursday for a morning of inspiration, instruction, and insight about their future as well as the opportunities AT&T has to offer.
Paul Chambers, the Area Manager of External Affairs for AT&T Georgia came from Athens to lead the event.
Chambers shared with the students the story of Ralph de la Vega, who came to America from Cuba at the age of ten. Despite the obstacles in his path, de la Vega became the president & CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. Chambers reminded the students that Ralph's story is an example of how opportunity exists all around us. Their job is to recognize and make the most of it.
Each student was given their own copy of Ralph de la Vega’s book, Obstacles Welcome: how to turn adversity to advantage in business and life as well as an AT&T book bag.
Students toured the facility and learned about the variety of jobs that AT&T has to offer. The students met with a facility technician, a service technician and someone from central office operations. From bucket trucks to wireless connections, the students learned about the skills needed to keep the 8th largest corporation in the world running.
The AT&T Pioneers shared what their jobs were like when they worked for AT&T and how the world had changed from rotary phones to cell phones. They also discussed the importance of life skills like punctuality, honesty and hard work.
The AT&T Pioneers are celebrating 100 years of service in November. After a lunch from the Subway, the students had time to write thank you notes about what had impressed them most about their experience.
Yesselie Nunez wrote, “I really appreciate you coming out and talking to us about the choices in life.”