HISD students explore professinal careers during Job Shadow Day

Nearly 300 students from Harlandale HS, McCollum HS, STEM ECHS and Frank Tejeda Academy visited 12 local businesses Tuesday morning as part of the citywide Job Shadow Day, hosted by San Antonio Economic Development Foundation’s SA Works program.

Now in its fifth year, Job Shadow Day hosted more than 3,000 students across the city with more than 120 employers.

“We are excited to participate in this annual event with SA Works. Job Shadow Day helps students connect what they learn in the classroom to real jobs,” Harlandale ISD CTE Coordinator Tracy Anderson said. “Students will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals what skills are needed in the workplace.”

Harlandale ISD students were excited to spend a day outside of the classroom to get a glimpse of the professional world. They had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of potential careers in the cybersecurity, education, technology, business and automotive sectors.

The students were matched up with local businesses based on their CTE courses and career interests. Some of the employers included Via Metropolitan Transit, SA Housing Authority, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, SA Food Bank, CodeBound, UT Health San Antonio and Frost Bank.

“Our students will benefit greatly from this experience as they prepare for high-wage, high-skill and in-demand careers,” Anderson added. “We hope to continue to participate in this event to offer our students more opportunities and support their pathway to a successful career.”


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