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Pratt & Whitney Sparks Student Interest at Career Day


Jill Albertelli, vice president, Quality, made an impact when she told approximately 30 local high school students, “In the next 10 years, Pratt & Whitney needs to hire 25,000 people. You are the next generation of what this company could be. There are lots of opportunities here.”
The students from Connecticut River Academy, East Hartford High School, Kingswood-Oxford and Northwest Catholic High School attended the inaugural Pratt & Whitney/Junior Achievement Career Day at the Customer Training Center in East Hartford on May 23.
Noting that the core mission of Junior Achievement is to teach students about business and how to be smart with their money, Junior Achievement President and CEO Jeremy Race encouraged the students to take full advantage of the day’s agenda.
“Our goal for today’s event is to give you the opportunity to talk to adults who do a variety of jobs,” he said.  “I encourage you to ask a lot of questions and explore as many things as you can.”
While some students were interested in “traditional” aerospace careers such as engineering and manufacturing, many wanted to find out about other career paths offered by a large, international, industrial company.
Pratt & Whitney volunteer presenters discussed education requirements and salary ranges for a variety of jobs and highlighted some unique benefits like the UTC Employee Scholar Program. Students also visited Goodwin College’s Mobile Manufacturing Technology Laboratory. Sponsored by Pratt & Whitney and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, the mobile laboratory takes the classroom on the road to provide training for businesses and educational institutions throughout the State.