Throughout the month of February, more than 1,000 Chicago Public Schools students visited 100 Chicago-area businesses as part of the district’s Job Shadow Initiative. The initiative, organized by the CPS Department of College and Career Preparation, kicked off on February 2nd as part of the National Career and Technical Education Month.
Students from nearly 50 high schools citywide gained an up-close look at the world of work by spending an entire day inside a local organization. They learned first-hand how the skills they develop in the classroom translate to a job within their field of interest.
“Our students need real-world experiences like the Job Shadow programs to help prepare them for success in an increasingly competitive economy,” said CPS Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman. “We want our students to stay motivated, interested and engaged. It is critical that we help them connect the work they are doing in school with the education and career choices they will face after high school graduation.”
Students had a chance to interact with professionals from a wide range of fields. Participating organizations included: AT&T, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, The Four Seasons Hotel, Accenture, Google, and Kraft Foods.
This year, a record number of students were hosted by City of Chicago agencies. Nearly 150 students shadowed professionals at the Chicago Housing Authority, Department of Aviation, Department of Zoning & Land Use Planning, Department of Innovation & Technology, Department of Law, Department of Streets & Sanitation, and Fleet Management. Government agencies such as the USDA and the Illinois Department of Transportation also hosted students.