Round Lake Teens Gain Real-World Experience Through Junior Achievement Event

Earlier this week, students from Round Lake High School along with more than 130 students from nine Chicagoland high schools had a unique opportunity to  participate in the Junior Achievement “You’re Hired!” event hosted by the University of Phoenix Chicago Campus and Junior Achievement.  Following is their official press release:

University of Phoenix Chicago Loop Campus Director Jeremiah Hood (right) helps Rueben Robinson (left), student at Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, practice his networking and interview skills
University of Phoenix Chicago Loop Campus Director Jeremiah Hood (right) helps Rueben Robinson (left), student at Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, practice his networking and interview skills

CHICAGO, May 4, 2012 – Chicago-area high school students recently had the opportunity to practice professional development skills through competitive interviewing, resume writing and career-oriented workshops while participating in an innovative program called, “JA You’re Hired!” The program, developed by Junior Achievement (JA) and presented by University of Phoenix Chicago Campus, brought together more than 130 students from nine Chicagoland high schools at the Chicago Marriot O’Hare.

 During the “JA You’re Hired!” event, high school students participated in a series of workshops and competitions that focused on professional competencies such as in-demand workforce skills, networking, social media dos and don’ts, interviewing and leadership. Participating high schools included:

  • Highland Park High School (Highland Park)
  • Round Lake High School (Round Lake)
  • Carl Sandburg High School (Orland Park)
  • Lemont High School (Lemont)
  • Niles North/West (Skokie)
  • Kankakee Area Career Center (Kankakee)
  • Wells Community Academy (Chicago)
  • Austin Academy (Chicago)
  • Dunbar High School (Chicago)

 “At JA, we aim to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare for their future,” said Peter Truschke, vice president of suburban operations for Junior Achievement. “This event gives students a unique opportunity to gain invaluable lessons and perspective from networking with business professionals.”

 The event also included an award ceremony for JA Company Program student participants. Each year, Junior Achievement of Chicago awards high school students who participated and competed in this flagship program, which challenges high school students to take on “officer” roles while running their own company. Local business professionals from more than 50 Chicago companies—including those from the financial, education, technology, retail and business sectors, among others—helped students develop and practice their networking skills.

 “University of Phoenix has a long and proud history of partnering with Junior Achievement,” said University of Phoenix vice president of Illinois campuses, Michael Kaley. “It was an honor to join them in supporting Chicago-area students with this fun and educational event.”

 This year’s “JA You’re Hired!” program is made possible thanks to the generous support of University of Phoenix, and community partners such as Allstate, AT&T, Discover Financial Services, Illinois Tool Works, Marriott, Toastmasters, Vibes and others.

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