Connecting with Career Professionals




ACCESS is thrilled to welcome current and future business experts for a speaker series called “Connecting with Career Professionals.”

Offered during our ACCESS Academies Young Professionals program, “Connecting with Career Professionals” helps students make the connection from school to work by inviting speakers to discuss their careers, their educational backgrounds, and their future aspirations. Below is the calendar of invited speakers for the series.

January 23
Paris Forest, Boeing, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic School & Academy

January 24
Matt Manietti, GlobalHack, at St. Cecilia School & Academy

January 24
Jeanelle Adams, Boeing, at St. Louis Catholic Academy

February 13
Neal Robinson, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation & DreamBuilders4Equity, and Michael Woods, Forward Progress Personal Training & DreamBuilders4Equity, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic School & Academy.

February 14
Jason Chaffin, Reggie Whitted, and Bethany White, St. Louis Cardinals, at St. Louis Catholic Academy.

Neal Robinson, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation & DreamBuilders4Equity, and Michael Woods, Forward Progress Personal Training & DreamBuilders4Equity, at St. Louis Catholic Academy.

February 27 & 28
Karen Kizeart, St. Louis Community Credit Union, at all three Academies.

March 13 & 14
Chisom Uche, Six Thirty Financial, and Yvette Rodriguez, Cultivation Capital, at all three Academies.

March 20
Jose Ponce, president of Remax Gold Realty and owner of Sweat St. Louis, at all three Academies.

April 17 & 18
Chimezie Ileje, NSBE Washington University Student Panel, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic School & Academy and St. Louis Catholic Academy.

April 18
ALAS – Washington University Student Panel, St. Cecilia School & Academy

May 1
TBD- all three Academies

The ACCESS Academies Young Professionals curriculum creates a culture of college-going success through career exploration, post-secondary opportunity awareness, financial literacy, and essential communications skills. Specifically, our students will:

– Identify and explore careers represented in the six career pathways

– Develop and use leadership skills as mentor leaders

– Discover educational post-secondary opportunities

– Learn about personal banking and explore options for paying for college

– Study and practice professional etiquette

The ACCESS Academies Young Professionals curriculum is taught by Ms. Catherine Nkonge and is aligned with grades 6-8 Common Core State Standards and the American School Counselor Association National Standards for Students. To learn more, please contact Tom Mackowiak, Executive Director, by calling (314) 898-0430.

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