A partnership between the local Junior Achievement (JA) and Microsoft helps Shelton students explore careers in the technology hardware and software industries.

Through the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, JA middle and high school students in 50 communities around the country participate in the JA Job Shadow program.

Teachers instruct students on key work-readiness skills such as leadership, teamwork, and how to conduct a successful job search. The students then visit a Microsoft retail store for a day-long mentoring experience, giving them a firsthand glimpse into the world of work and the opportunity to apply their classroom learning.

Success in the workplace

“We are thrilled to partner with Microsoft to help students develop and enhance skills needed for future career pursuits,” said Kristine Boles, education manager at JA of Western Connecticut.

“Through JA Job Shadow, students will learn resume writing, job interviewing and decision-making, to help position them for success in the workforce," Boles said.

About JA, Microsoft YouthSpark

Junior Achievement provides programs on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for students from kindergarten to high school. Corporate and community volunteers offer guidance to help youngsters make smart academic and economic choices.

Today, JA reaches more than 4.2 million students annually in the United States and an additional 6.5 million students in other countries. Go to www.ja.org for details.

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries. Participating youngsters learn about education, employment and entrepreneurship. Learn more at www.microsoft.com/youthspark.