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SOURCE Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

Junior Achievement program helps students learn about the business of professional sports

HOUSTON, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, February 12th , more than 500 high school students from 20 different schools will have the opportunity to experience sports management courtesy of Spectra Energy. From pre-game to post-game at Toyota Center, an experiential program called JA Job Shadow will offer students an up-close look at a day-in-the life of professional sports administration by shadowing adult mentors from the Houston Rockets organization who will teach them about the world of work.

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JA Job Shadow with the Rockets will include presentations from different departments of the Rockets and Toyota Center staff, a shoot around during the team's pre-game practice, and the opportunity to attend the game that evening.

"Job shadowing is an increasingly important learning mechanism for students because it acquaints them with the world of work through on-the-job experiences that effectively ties academics to the workplace," said Greg Ebel, President and CEO, Spectra Energy. "Spectra Energy is pleased to sponsor Junior Achievement's Job Shadow Day with the Houston Rockets, and provide area young people with some valuable real-world experience."

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas provides resources and programs, which connect the educational experience provided by schools to the demands of the workplace, such as job shadowing, which enable students to formulate their goals and succeed professionally. JA Job Shadow is a proven-effective program that helps students experience the world of work. The program provides engaging, academically enriching and experiential learning sessions in work-readiness education and career perspectives.

Commenting on the JA Job Shadow program, Richard W. Franke, president of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, noted, "Junior Achievement programs teach sound business skills, and help students become workforce ready, no matter what career path they choose."  

Junior Achievement also provides virtual Job Shadow experiences free of charge, where students can view more than 130 different job-specific videos to help them discover their career path. Visit www.jahouston.org to learn more.

About Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is the greater Houston area's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network of 12,000 adult role models, JA of Southeast Texas provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12 which focus on entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. Today, JA of Southeast Texas anticipates reaching 273,000 students in more than 900 schools this school year.  For more information, visit www.jahouston.org.

Media Contact:
Ne'Cole Gibson
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas
281-396-2439
Karshanikangibson@katyisd.org

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