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Comcast Offers Career Advice To Americorps Members [VIDEO]

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City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps members in Duval County Public School received great career advice and guidance from local Comcast seniors leaders. It is the fifth year in a row where members who were about to complete their year of service received top-notch professional development and training from their local sponsors.

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year. They have 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

As a part of its local and national partnership with City Year, Comcast, the cable-television provider hosted the annual career day. City Year is a non-profit organization that places corps members in schools and low-income communities in the efforts to help reduce the high drop-out rates.

Comcast employees offered more than 100 AmeriCorps members helpful tips and information on career-related topics at the KIPP Impact Middle School on March 22. They gave tips on topics such as resume writing, interview preparation and networking. One of the speakers for the event was Tonya Smart, from Comcast's human resource department.

Dan Foley, executive director of City Year Jacksonville said the event was a great example of Comcast's continued support for City Year in Jacksonville. Most of their AmeriCorps members will embark on their first job searches when the academic year ends. Foley said their partners at Comcast were able to offer them helpful and practical information to prepare them to take the next step, The Jax Daily Record reported.

Local Comcast employees not only provided career advice but also practiced mock interviews to help AmeriCorps members transition to the next step in their professional journey. AmeriCorps was founded in 1994 and their programs are focused on moving communities forward by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce.

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