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AT&T gives high school students a firsthand look at career opportunities

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Students from New Hanover High School and Mary Mosley Performance Learning Center will meet with AT&T employees Friday, May 17 in order to get a firsthand look at career opportunities beyond high school.

Students will meet employees at the company's New Center Dr. store from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. thanks to a new initiative from Communities In Schools of Cape Fear and AT&T's Aspire Mentoring Academy, according to a news release.

Students will learn about careers in the telecommunications industry, practice interviewing skills and discuss life goals beginning with the importance of high school graduation as a foundation for future successes.

According to the new release, AT&T is helping to raise high school graduation rates with the goal to provide students one million hours of mentoring by AT&T employees through the end of 2016.AT&T has awarded Communities In Schools of Cape Fear a grant of $17,628 to provide partial funding for a site coordinator position, in addition to the contribution to the mentoring program.

"We understand that there is no better way to make a lasting difference in the community than by helping support the education of its young people," said John Lyon, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T North Carolina. "That's why we are excited about the opportunity to work with CIS to help high school students better understand and embrace opportunities which lie before them. We hope the students will leave this experience inspired to complete high school and equipped with the knowledge they will need to succeed in college, the workplace and beyond."

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