Junior Achievementof Southwest New England andBlumShapiroannounced today that they will co-host the second annualJA Career Walkin West Hartford Center for West Hartford’s Hall High and Conard High school students. The program looks to prepare students for the real world and gain a better understanding of jobs in their community.

Nearly 30 students from the two schools will visit a variety of businesses – including accounting, banking, finance, marketing, retail, food and beverage - in West Hartford Center on May 6. The businesses welcoming the students include BlumShapiro, Charles Schwab, Farmington Bank, Fathom, lululemon athletica, Max Burger, Max’s Oyster Bar, Munson’s Chocolate, PBI Financial, Lux Bond & Green and Webster Bank

“Last year’s inaugural JA Career Walk was such a success, it made all the sense in the world to welcome students again to businesses right in their hometown that can provide real world knowledge about careers and the workplace,” stated Joseph Kask, BlumShapiro West Hartford Office Managing Partner.  BlumShapiro is a long-time supporter of Junior Achievement.

During theJA Career Walk, three groups of 10 Hall High and Conard High students will visit the West Hartford Center businesses. Each business will provide an overview and tour, and discuss the type of occupations they employ and qualities they look for when hiring people.  Each visit will last 40 minutes. The entire program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 6.

Students will startJA Career Walkat BlumShapiro headquarters at 29 South Main Street in West Hartford where they will receive an orientation using the JA Job Shadow curriculum. The curriculum gives students an overview of the world of work and the skills needed to success on the job. The orientation will be hosted by Tom DeVitto, Chief Marketing Officer of BlumShapiro and one of the developers of theJA Career Walk.

For more information on Junior Achievement, head to their site here.