HAZLETON: Local business professionals participated in the Greater Hazleton Partners in Education’s seventh annual Career Awareness Day. The program allows eighth-grade students throughout the Hazleton Area School District to hear from a variety of Greater Hazleton’s business leaders who are members of Partners in Education, a nonprofit organization of local business and education partners who work together to ensure that all students leave school with the academic, technical and workforce skills necessary to be successful.
Career Awareness Day comes after weeks of study and research by the students. They began by selecting a career cluster they felt matched their interests and goals from a Partners in Education list. Next, the students viewed video streaming tours, available on Partners in Education’s Web site ( www.partnersined.org), of PIE’s member companies.
The business representatives who spoke to students shared information about their company, their job responsibilities, the types of jobs available and functions performed in their business, required education and the importance of good work habits, as well as information about benefits and salaries. Partners in Education volunteers who participated came from a variety of business and industry sectors, including health care, banking, education, government, economic development and marketing. They spoke to students at Drums Elementary/Middle School, Freeland Elementary/Middle School, Hazleton Elementary/Middle School, Heights-Terrace Elementary/Middle School, Valley Elementary/Middle School and West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School.
For more information about Partners in Education, or to become a partner, call Ed Lyba at 570-450-6314, or visit www.partnersined.org.