District and AG Shapiro Launch Third Annual Career Week
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mann Center, Sheet Metal Workers – Local 19, And More Participate In 2022 Career Week
PHILADELPHIA— The School District of Philadelphia and Attorney General Josh Shapiro kicked off the Office of Attorney General’s Third Annual Career Week, which partners with Philadelphia schools and businesses to introduce students to potential career paths.
From April 5 – April 7, sophomores and juniors from various Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout the District will connect with corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies aligned to their career interests. Career Week was created with the goal of exposing students to options for their future and showing them pathways to success. Equal access and exposure to career and educational opportunities plays an instrumental role in stopping the school-to-prison pipeline and increasing the school-to-work and school-to-college pipelines.
“We set up Career Week in 2019 to help students build connections with professionals all across Philadelphia,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “My team has brought together people from across the public and private sector. They are ready to share what they know to empower our students, and help connect them with the opportunities that can set them on a great career path.”
Students were matched by the School District with a site visit that corresponded with their expressed interests and career goals. Groups spoke to representatives from the: Office of Attorney General Gun Violence Task Force, Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sheet Metal Workers – Local 19, Barristers Association of Philadelphia, Excel Learning Institute, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Live Nation Urban, BIMBO Bakeries USA, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, Audacy, Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Public Health Management Corporation.
“We are extremely grateful for this partnership with the PA Office of Attorney General, which exposes students to different career pathways and allows our students to explore their interests and passions,” said School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D. “We are fortunate to have world-class employers here in Philadelphia that work with us as partners to prepare our students for success and help ensure our programming reflects the current workplace.”
Students from the following schools participated in Career Week:
- Kensington Health Sciences Academy
- High School of the Future
- Walter B. Saul High School
- Frankford High School
- Swenson Arts and Technology High School
- Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School
- West Philadelphia High School
- Benjamin Franklin High School
- A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School
- Roxborough High School