ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Learning how to write a résumé, apply for a job, dress for success, sit through an interview and deliver a strong handshake are all important lessons – for college and career.
A group of 24 sophomores from Manzano High School on Wednesday learned these lessons and more while shadowing banking employees at the Wells Fargo building downtown as part of Groundhog Job Shadow Week.
The kids are enrolled in Manzano’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program, or AVID for short. The intent, said AVID teacher Jeremy Vehar, is to get students to appreciate that these skills “will translate to a future career and any job setting.”
Groundhog Job Shadow Week is a partnership of Mission: Graduate, Junior Achievement of New Mexico, United Way of Central New Mexico and the Albuquerque Public Schools. The event is made possible through sponsorships by Wells Fargo, Lovelace Health System and AT&T.
In addition to Wells Fargo, 14 other businesses are sponsoring job shadowing opportunities for about 370 APS students this week.
Amy Milazzo, APS senior director of secondary education, called the job shadowing week a great opportunity for students to interact with professionals and receive hands-on learning.