NORTH SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: SA Works Matches Area Students with Businesses for Job Shadow Day

North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Feb. 27.

SA Works, organized under the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, is an industry-led workforce organization aligning San Antonio’s education providers and private sector to promote economic mobility.

Held on February 2, 2018, SA Works hosted their third annual Job Shadow Day connecting education with industry for a half day of work-based learning. The community-wide event broke records and attracted 130 employer sites and nearly 4,000 students making this the largest single day Job Shadow ever. This year student participation rose 33% and the program welcomed 43 first time employer participants. 15 School Districts, 3 private and 4 charter schools participated in this county wide event.

“This is not a field trip. It's a careful matching between a student’s area of interest and a job in the San Antonio economy,” Kate Rogers, SA Works Advisory Council Co-Chair and Executive Vice President at The Holdsworth Center.

It is only through the support of SA Works public and private sector partners that the event continues to grow its impact. Thank you to the 130 diverse employer sites involved, spanning 17 industries including advertising, automotive, business, criminal justice, culinary, education, energy, engineering, finance, government relations, health care, hospitality, human services, manufacturing, retail, sports and entertainment, and technology.

“The experience I had with the students at Whataburger was amazing,” said Ben W. Peterson, Career & Technical Education, Senior Director at North East ISD. “It was great to see the kids’ eyes open up to all of the real-world opportunities that exist behind the industries in our region!”

SA Works would like to thank the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce under 2017 Chair Phyllis Gallay’s leadership for their support in recruiting employers for San Antonio’s biggest Job Shadow Day ever.

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