AT&T and Junior Achievement Create Experiential Learning Opportunities for Nashville Students

Karen Marin, a student at Stratford High School, writes about visiting the AT&T Building in downtown Nashville with her classmates in this blog entry. AT&T welcomed students into its offices to learn about a variety of career opportunities and roles within the company. This opportunity was made possible through partnership with the local office of Junior Achievement, a national non-profit organization that aims to prepare students for entrepreneurship and financial responsibility through experiential learning. The Junior Achievement Student Center connects students with enrichment opportunities and scholarship programs.

Thanks to Junior Achievement, on Tuesday October 25th, 2011, all students in the National Safety and Security Technologies Ford PAS Business pathway went on a job shadowing trip to the AT&T building (aka Batman Building) in downtown Nashville. The students had a chance to work one-on-one with employees to see what they do on a daily basis. They even allowed us to help them with their work, such as answering phone calls and running errands for them. One of the most exciting parts was that they gave us a tour of the whole building from top to bottom. On the 27th Floor, you can see all of Nashville!

AT&T was very welcoming; they showed us that there are many opportunities out there for us. We just have to want them. They offer many job shadowing sessions because they want to persuade young people to stay in school and never give up, which is why they partnered up with Junior Achievement to provide Stratford’s job shadowing experience.

At the end of our visit, they fed us pizza for lunch and everyone got together to share their experiences. We found out that they have an employee that graduated from our own Stratford STEM Magnet High School. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we are all so thankful to AT&T for allowing us to come in, Mrs. Moore for taking us and organizing everything, and Mr. Dollar for coming with us. We can’t wait to do this again! We know Stratford STEM Magnet High School is already planning more events for us to experience!

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