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Today, approximately 200 Philadelphia middle school students had an opportunity to learn about future career opportunities while visiting 16 regional businesses.

The Future Ready program – a joint initiative by The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo and the School District of Philadelphia – was designed to engage and enlighten local middle school students and give them new perspectives and a hands-on look at potential career paths.

The program began with in-classroom instruction and then culminated with a half-day program at a local company where the students were able to meet with professionals from a variety of fields including accounting, human resources, marketing, and retail.

Students at Aria Health wear scrubs

Photo: Students hosted at Aria Health wearing scrubs

“One of the best ways we can help our young people succeed is to ensure that they see the connection between what they learn in school and what’s required in the workplace,” said Chamber President and CEO Rob Wonderling. “The ultimate goal of Future Ready is to invigorate our region’s workforce and ensure that we have a well-prepared talent pool that will meet the needs of our business community for years to come. We are grateful to our program sponsor, Wells Fargo and to our host companies who provided this valuable experience for the students.”

Greg Ridden of Wells Fargo speaks to students

Photo: Greg Ridden of Wells Fargo speaks to students

“Wells Fargo is pleased to join in this collaborative effort with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber and the School District of Philadelphia to launch the Future Ready career path program,” said Greg Redden, President of Wells Fargo’s Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Region. “It’s an opportunity to expose middle school students to career possibilities they might never have envisioned, and to discuss  the practical realities of what it takes to achieve them. We would like to thank all the companies and schools that partic