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Highland Springs High School gets an edge in job hunt

6/20/2014, 3:04 p.m.
Highland Springs High School students had an opportunity to participate in a job-shadowing program.
Students took part in a job-shadowing program through Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and Capital One.

Difficult economic times can hit young workers particularly hard. Thirty Highland Springs High School students gained an edge by taking part in a job-shadowing program through Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and Capital One.



Students in the JA Job Shadow program participated in sessions dedicated to career research, job-seeking and preparation. During a four-hour visit to the Capital One campus June 3, students toured the company’s Technology Operations Center and participated in a Q-and-A session with Capital One executives on topics such as professionalism, ethics in the workplace and job search challenges.



Capital One’s director of community development, Jim Taylor, commented: “it was a perfect combination of raising students’ awareness of future opportunities, helping them learn some of the softer skills related to a career search, and giving them practical experience.”



The participating students are enrolled in Highland Springs’ business and marketing program or in the Advance College Academy Specialty Center, a high school/college hybrid administered by Henrico County Public Schools and Reynolds Community College.



Career counselors at the high school and Reynolds Community College will continue working with the students to help them build their skills and experience before hitting the workforce.