New Teen Career Exploration Tools Are Just a Mouse-Click Away New virtual Job Shadow tool gives teens a first-hand look at life on-the-job.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Junior Achievement, DeVry University, and Career Corner Digital have partnered to create a highly engaging career exploration resource for students.  Located on the new Junior Achievement Student Center at http://studentcenter.ja.org/, fast-paced, first-person videos take students behind the scenes at some of the world's top companies, providing them with an inside look at life on the job.  

The unique content is comprised of over 100 comprehensive career profiles and leverages technology to deliver an innovative job shadowing tool that helps students make informed decisions about their future.  Critical text information about education requirements and future job outlook, along with a post-secondary school search feature, are provided with the videos.  "Students today are looking for meaningful information when it comes to career preparation.  Thanks to the efforts of Junior Achievement and DeVry University, we're thrilled to provide a high-tech resource that resonates with young people," said Peter Young, president, Career Corner Digital.

The resource provides an important secondary purpose as well -- to make academic subjects more relevant by showing how they connect to real jobs.  "The student drop-out rate is at a crisis level around the country," said Jack Kosakowski, president, Junior Achievement USA.  "Too many students fail to connect school subjects to future careers and they lose interest.  We need to inspire and motivate young people by showing them the end game and helping them to set goals."  

The launch of the virtual Job Shadow videos coincides with National Job Shadow Day, February 2.

DeVry University, one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, is sponsoring the resource.  "DeVry University is committed to preparing and educating our nation's young people for the 21st century.  With Junior Achievement, we are able to inform young people about the education requirements and skills that are necessary to reach the careers of their choice, and demonstrate how that education can translate into real-world success," commented David Pauldine, President, DeVry University.

About JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement)

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 129 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 122 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org.

About DeVry University

As one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, DeVry University provides high-quality, career-oriented associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in technology, science, business and the arts.  Nearly 70,000 students are enrolled at its 94 locations in 26 states and Canada, as well as through DeVry University's online delivery.  DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.  For more information about DeVry University, visit www.devry.edu.

About Career Corner Digital

Career Corner Digital develops high-tech career exploration products and is the creator of the award winning program www.VirtualJobShadow.com.  VirtualJobShadow.com is used in middle schools and high schools across the country and features a companion career preparation curriculum and e-Mentoring component.  Career Corner Digital also develops Web 2.0 recruiting and employment marketing solutions for Fortune 1000 employers.  The company's innovative service combines creative content development with distribution to give employers a competitive advantage in their recruiting efforts.  For more information, visit www.careercorner.tv

MEDIA CONTACTS:


Stephanie Bell

JA WORLDWIDE

sbell@ja.org  

(719) 540-6171


Donna Shaults

DEVRY UNIVERSITY

dshaults@devry.edu

(630) 515-7700


Peter Young

CAREER CORNER DIGITAL

pyoung@careercorner.tv

(800) 948- 7516 ext. 7


SOURCE Junior Achievement



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