Range Participates in Jr. Achievement Job Shadow Day

Feb 12, 2015

Range’s Canonsburg, PA office participated in Junior Achievement’s Job Shadow day, in which Range hosted a group of local high school students.  This was an opportunity for the students to learn about jobs in the energy industry, and to spend time with the people who perform those jobs every day. 


Due to the weather preventing a larger group of students from participating – the employees of Range were able to create a more personalized experience for the Junior Achievement students who attended from Canon-McMillan High School and Was

hington High School.  Rather than have various speakers take the stage in an auditorium type setting – our Public Affairs and Human Resources groups arranged for the students to spend time in small groups with Range employees from several different departments.  Over the course of the one day event – the students met with staff from Exploration/Geology, Land, Drilling, Completions, Safety and Security, Gas Marketing and Human Resources.  Each student also had the chance to spend time with Senior Vice President SMSD John Applegath.

And according to the employees who hosted them, the students were attentive and enthusiastic. 

“I was really encouraged by the questions they asked,” says Geologist Mike Jarvis.  “They weren’t afraid to jump into the conversation, asking questions about what we do day to day, and how we get our information and the data we work with.”  For Mike – the fact that the day turned into a series of small group discussions – rather than one large presentation with different speakers in the auditorium – turned out to be a happy accident.  “I think the kids were less intimidated in terms of participating and asking questions than they might have been in front of a larger group.  I was really happy with how it ended up working out.”

The students felt good about their time at Range too.  According to one student, "It was interesting to learn about the actual ‘fracking’ process and the methods that are used to retrieve the natural resources, such as horizontal drilling.  I think I would enjoy that sort of work, the actual drilling."

Junior Achievement was founded in 1919; and is described on its website as “the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.”  The stated goal of their programs is to “help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

Range has a long standing relationship with Junior Achievement.  A supporter since 2010, Range was also a founding partner of the Junior Achievement “Careers in Energy” program.

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