Phoenix, Ariz. – May 05, 2010 – Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender, and Junior Achievement of Arizona recently partnered in a job shadowing day with Metro Tech High School of Phoenix.
Quicken Loans team members from the company’s Scottsdale office hosted 23 students, during a day designed to give students a unique and up-close look at the workplace.
Students “shadowed” volunteers at Quicken as they went through a typical day on the job, seeing firsthand how the skills they have learned in school apply to the workplace. They also participated in a resume writing class and toured Northcentral University as part of their day.
“Overall, I truly appreciated this experience. The thought of taking the time from my day that could potentially impact another person’s future is an awesome feeling,” said Dan Munson, senior mortgage banker, Quicken Loans.
“The JA Job Shadow experience helps kids become ‘work ready’ by taking them into the workplace and showing them how education and training translate into success on the job, regardless of the career they ultimately choose,” said Joyce Richards, president of Junior Achievement of Arizona. “Seventy-nine percent of students participating in job shadowing report that the program increased their desire to stay in school, so this is clearly a proven way to improve high school success.”
Through the job shadow opportunity, Richards added, students experience some of the interpersonal nuances of the workplace that are difficult to grasp in a classroom setting, such as the importance of negotiation, teamwork, professionalism, cooperation with others, decision making and problem solving.
“This is a great opportunity for Quicken Loans to invest in the community and make a difference in the lives of area high school students,” said Wendy Kemp, Director of Community Relations, Quicken Loans. “Our team members really enjoyed partnering with Junior Achievement and the students from Metro Tech.”
Junior Achievement is a recognized leader in job shadowing and a key member of the National Job Shadow Coalition, which also includes the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor and America’s Promise Alliance.
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Quicken Loans is the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and the fifth largest retail mortgage lender in the United States, closing more than $25 billion across all 50 states in retail home loan volume in 2009. The company, with 3,000-plus team members, closes loans from five Web Centers located in Michigan, Ohio and Arizona, and from its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. The QuickenLoans.com Web site has been named “Best of the Web” by Forbes and Money magazine. Quicken Loans has been named to Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the past seven years, ranking as high as No. 2. The company also has been named one of Computerworld Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in Technology” for the past five years, ranking No. 1 in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2009, team members volunteered more than 1,500 hours with local charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.QuickenLoans.com.