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AT&T ASPIRES PROGRAM IMPACTS 100,000 STUDENTS NATIONWIDE
April 2, 2012
Atlanta- High school students and employees came together to celebrate AT&T’s milestone of reaching 100,000 students nationwide through the AT&T/Junior Achievement Worldwide Job Shadow. In honor of the 100K Celebration students had an opportunity to hear from both Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO of AT&T Mobility, and Randall Stephenson, Chairman, CEO and President of AT&T, via live webcast.
The JA Job ShadowTM program allows high school students to complete in-class sessions focused on work-readiness education and career perspectives. Then the students have the unique opportunity to visit a business and get real-life experiences of work environments by “shadowing” a professional for a day.
“AT&T’s partnership with JA demonstrates their continued commitment to improving the high school graduation rates and to helping students achieve success,” said JA of Georgia President, Jack Harris. “AT&T is dedicated to helping develop the skills and knowledge that will be recognized and valuable in a global workforce.”
AT&T’s commitment to Junior Achievement is clearly measured by its reach. More than 270,000 volunteer hours have been logged by AT&T employees at 1,800 events in 212 cities across 41 states. Junior Achievement and AT&T were able to reach the 100,000 student milestone 10 months ahead of the original goal set in 2008, when the partnership formed. Locally, more than 8,400 Georgia students have teamed up with AT&T employees to connect the dots between success in the classroom and life. During the 2010-2011 school year, AT&T employees hosted more than 2,100 students at AT&T/JA Job Shadows throughout the state.
Every day, 7,000 students drop out of high school in the United States. Junior Achievement and AT&T understand that improving the high school graduation rate boosts U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. Junior Achievement’s financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship programs support youth, economic and education development: the three areas where JA is uniquely positioned to positively affect graduation rates and student success.
Students from Riverwoods International High School and Marrow High School participate in round table disucssion on AT&T Customer Experience and Emerging Devices