Accenture has donated $1.1 million to an organization for a work readiness program aimed at helping high school students prepare to enter the workforce.
The company said its employees will volunteer for the initiative with Junior Achievement, setting a goal of reaching 85,000 students during the first year of implementation.
Michael Scimo, Accenture’s human capital and diversity lead in North America, said the goal of the program is to offer students life and career skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and conflict management.
“As our country looks for ways to drive economic growth, ensuring that our young people are well-prepared to succeed in the workforce becomes increasingly important,” Jack E. Kosakowski, Junior Achievement USA’s president and CEO. “We look forward to providing this new curriculum to students, and are grateful for Accenture’s support.”
Accenture said the program’s curriculum will include exercises in career exploration and work readiness skills and use technology to connect students inside and outside the classroom.
The company is participating in the program through its corporate citizenship initiative, with the goal of providing job and entrepreneurship skills to 250,000 people worldwide by 2015.