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3rd Annual JA Career Walk Gives Students Insight into Businesses

May 03, 2016

Thirty students from West Hartford’s Hall High School, Conard High School and Kingswood-Oxford will get an inside look at the range of businesses and career opportunities in West Hartford Center in the 3rd Annual JA Career Walk on May 11.

Hosted by BlumShapiro and Junior Achievement of Southwest New England in 2014, JA Career Walk seeks to prepare students for choosing a potential career by gaining a better understanding of job opportunities in their community.

“The JA Career Walk has become an invaluable opportunity for high school students to explore successful businesses at a key point in their lives,” said Joseph A. Kask, Chief Executive Officer of BlumShapiro. “As they begin to think about colleges and courses of study, the JA Career Walk opens up their minds about the skills necessary to reach their career goals. I want to thank our neighboring businesses in West Hartford Center for making JA Career Walk such a positive experience for these students.”

Participants from the three schools will visit a variety of West Hartford establishments – accounting, banking, finance, marketing, retail, food and beverage and others beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The program begins and ends at BlumShapiro, located at 29 South Main Street.  

At the start of the JA Career Walk at BlumShapiro, students 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 succeed on the job.  The orientation will be hosted by Tom DeVitto, Chief Marketing Officer of BlumShapiro and one of the founders of the JA Career Walk.

In addition to BlumShapiro, other businesses welcoming the students include Charles Schwab, Farmington Bank, Fathom, Lux Bond & Green, PBI Financial, REI and SIGHT Eye Health.

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 program ends at 12:30 p.m.

BlumShapiro is the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England, with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The firm, with over 400 professionals and staff, offers a diversity of services which includes auditing, accounting, tax and business advisory services. In addition, BlumShapiro provides a variety of specialized consulting services such as succession and estate planning, business technology services, employee benefit plan audits and litigation support and valuation. The firm serves a wide range of privately held companies, government and non-profit organizations and provides non-audit services for publicly traded companies.


Tom DeVitto
Chief Marketing Officer – BlumShapiro


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