Spectra Energy Sponsors JA Job Shadow at Houston Rockets
Junior Achievement program helps students learn about the world of work
HOUSTON, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Wednesday, March 23, more than 500 high school students from 20 different school groups will have the opportunity to “practice sports management” courtesy of Spectra Energy. From pre-game to post-game at Toyota Center, a unique program called JA Job Shadow will offer students an up-close look at a day-in-the-life of professional sports administration by shadowing adult mentors from the Houston Rockets organization who will teach them about the world of work. The students will also have the unique opportunity to hear from a keynote speaker, Marc Vandermeer, the Voice of Houston Texans from SportsRadio 610 to talk with them about careers in sports and what he’s seen and experienced in his own career. Spectra Energy is sponsoring this event for the fourth year in a row.
“Job shadowing is an increasingly important learning mechanism for students because it acquaints them with the world of work through on-the-job experiences that effectively ties academics to the workplace,” said Greg Ebel, president and chief executive officer, Spectra Energy. “Spectra Energy is pleased to sponsor Junior Achievement’s Job Shadow Day with the Houston Rockets again this year, and provide area young people with some valuable real-world experience.”
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas provides resources and programs, which connect the educational experience provided by schools to the demands of the workplace, such as job shadowing, which enable students to formulate their goals and succeed professionally. JA Job Shadow is a proven-effective program that helps students experience the world of work. The program provides engaging, academically enriching and experiential learning sessions in work-readiness education and career perspectives.
Commenting on the JA Job Shadow program, Richard W. Franke, president of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, noted, “Junior Achievement programs teach sound business skills, and help students become workforce ready, no matter what career path they choose.”
Junior Achievement also provides virtual Job Shadow experiences free of charge, where students can view more than 130 different job-specific videos to help them discover their career path. Visit www.jahouston.org to learn more.
SOURCE Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas