Andy Schenck is the Director of Programs at Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee (JA), a non-profit organization that teaches students in kindergarten through high school how to manage their money, succeed in the workplace, and thrive as adults in the twenty-first century. JA makes learning fun by using volunteers from local businesses and from the community to lead hands-on programs and experience-based activities for students during the school day. Andy has worked at Junior Achievement for seven years and is the parent of a Metro Nashville Public Schools student; his daughter attends Dan Mills Elementary School in East Nashville.
JA Job Shadow offers high school students the opportunity to learn about the workplace by spending a few hours with a professional during the school day. Students observe professionals who work in the industry the students are studying through the Academies of Nashville small learning communities. Through this program, students learn about the realities of going to work everyday, the responsibilities of an employee, and the educational and professional development steps they will need to take in order to pursue a career in a particular industry.
Job shadowing is a win-win for everyone involved. Students gain a better understanding of why they go to school and how to become a successful working adult. Businesses that host students play an important role in training the future workforce while giving back to the community and mentoring young people.Educators are able to motivate students by appealing to their interests and demonstrate practical applications of the information taught in the classroom.
Last year, nearly 700 MNPS students explored the workplace through the JA Job Shadow venture as a part of the Academies of Nashville partnership. JA is appreciative of the opportunity to continue this partnership in the 2011-2012 school year.
This year, JA and the Academies of Nashville will host more job shadowing days in March. In order for this to be a success, we need business and members of the community to get involved. Through this unique program, we can give the students of Nashville a push in the direction of their future successes.
For more information on collaborating with the JA Job Shadow program, view the job shadow guide or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ready to sign up today? Visit the job shadow sign up form for hosting students.
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