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Groundhog Job Shadow Week kicks off

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Feb. 4, 2019: Almost 900 students from 15 area schools will shadow employees at 30 different businesses during Groundhog Job Shadow Week (GJSW). A kick-off event will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 4 at Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) main administrative office.

Students represent charter and traditional public high schools from around the city, and Sandoval and Valencia Counties. Participation increased from 325 students and 15 employers in 2018.

Job shadows are part of a set of career exploration activities that provide students with the opportunity to begin identifying their interests.

Following a Junior Achievement curriculum, employers customize a set of discussions and experiences for students to learn about the different jobs within each company. Activities include touring a facility, networking, participating in mock interviews, and learning about the culture, policies, and ethics of the organization.

According to the 2017 College Student Survey, only a third of students believe they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market (34%) and in the workplace (36%). A 2017 Junior Achievement USA survey shows that 77 percent of both parents and teens are concerned about their children’s ability to have a successful career as adults in light of global competition and automation.

We’re pleased that our local employers continue to step up to help our students learn the knowledge skills and attitudes needed for success,” says Erin Hagenow, Junior Achievement president. “When businesses, educators, and nonprofits come together in the name of work readiness for our young people, students succeed.”

 We are delighted to be among the businesses hosting Groundhog Job Shadow Week. Albuquerque Public Schools is one of the state’s largest employers offering all kinds of job and career opportunities,” says Raquel Reedy, APS Superintendent and Mission: Graduate Vision Council co-chair. “About half of our employees are teachers. The rest run the gamut from accountants to police officers, architects to social workers. Thanks to this wonderful annual tradition, students will get to explore career possibilities, and we’ll be able to give them a glimpse into the many jobs it takes to educate Albuquerque’s children.” 

 Our goal is to create opportunities that inspire our children enough to both connect what they’re learning in the classroom with a potential career and know that those enticing jobs can be had here at home,” explains Jessica Nojek, Mission: Graduate executive director.

Participating businesses include: Adelante, Albuquerque Public Schools, AT&T, AUI Inc., Bernalillo County, Bradbury Stamm, Chaves Grieves, Comcast, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, City of Albuquerque Family and Community Services,  Enterprise, Explora, French Funerals and Cremations, Frost Mortgage, KNME, Kirtland Air Force Base, Lectrosonics, Lovelace Women’s Hospital, Meals on Wheels, NM Department of Workforce Solutions, PNM, Rio Grande Jewelry, Rural Sourcing, Inc., Sandia National Laboratories, Southwest Labs, United Way of Central New Mexico, Visit ABQ, Wells Fargo, and WESST.

GJSW is a partnership between United Way of Central New Mexico’s Mission: Graduate, Junior Achievement of New Mexico, and APS. The event is made possible through sponsorship by PNM Resources, Lovelace Health System, and AT&T.

Employers interested in participating in a career exploration activity throughout the year can contact Mission: Graduate at

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