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ExxonMobil Women’s Interest Network Inspires JTHS Students

February 28, 2018 08:38 AM

The JTHS Academies rely on community partnerships to round out academics with real world experience.  To that end forty female students participated in career exploration during one-on-one lunch conversations with members of ExxonMobil’s Women’s Interest Network (WIN) during an onsite visit to the refinery on February 22. 

A variety of careers were represented among the ExxonMobil employees including engineering, nursing, finance, pipefitting, operations, administration, maintenance technician and more.  “We are so impressed with the students who came,” says Refinery Manager Monica Mainland. “They are enthusiastic and inquisitive and they took full advantage of the time they spent here to learn about our education, professional and on-the-job training, and the paths we took to where we are today.”  

“What I learned from this amazing experience is that there are so many different career opportunities in the ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery,” said student Karla Alarcon.  “I also did not know that there were so many women working there and with very fascinating jobs. This experience was very eye-opening for me.”

The recent refinery visit is just one of the many partnerships the high school has with the ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery.  Employees mentor students throughout the school year through BBBS mentor2.0, the Be an Engineer curricular program, and Job Shadowing.  In addition, a refinery visit is scheduled for March where forty male JTHS students will participate in career-themed lunch conversations structured similarly to the February 22 visit for the JTHS female students.



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