Press release

High Schoolers Get Glimpse into Workforce, Gain Career-Ready Skills During Job Shadow Week

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By 2020, the United States is expected to add 16 million “new-collar”
jobs that won’t necessarily require a college degree but will require
skilled workers. That’s why K12 and Tallo have launched Job
Shadow Week
, a national movement to open students’ eyes to
alternative career pathways and ensure employers have access to a talent
pool of qualified candidates.

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While spending time with an employer in their area over the week of July
15-19, students will receive early exposure to the world of work and
walk away with job-specific insights such as the level of education
and/or technical training that each require. Students will end the week
with a better understanding of what high-paying, in-demand positions
interest them most, plus an idea of what they have to do to get there.

“Our current approach to workforce development—which puts a career after
education as two separate things—is no longer serving our students or
our economy,” said Leilani Brown, senior vice president for Strategic
Partnerships at K12 Inc. “Students are graduating from high school and
often even college without the skills they need to immediately launch a
successful long-term career. This hurts them just as much as it hurts
employers, and we need more mutually beneficial student-employer
partnerships to close the growing skills gap.”

Among the industries hardest hit are healthcare; IT; manufacturing and
skilled trades; agriculture, food and natural resources; and business
management and administration—all fields that many students incorrectly
assume they’ll need a college degree to get into.

“The sooner students are aware of their career options and informed of
the appropriate next steps, the better prepared they’ll be to take on
life after high school,” said Casey Welch, president and CEO of Tallo.
“Talking to and working with potential employers will only enhance their
understanding of what comes next, and how to get there efficiently.”

During Job Shadow Week, students engage with participating organizations
according to employer preference, whether that’s by matching students
and employees 1-to-1 or hosting a group of students full-time, part-time
or even virtually. No matter the format, students’ greatest takeaways
will be the lessons learned, observations made, and a clearer plan for
their future.

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About K12

K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) takes a personalized approach to education by
removing barriers to learning, reaching students where they are, and
providing innovative, high-quality online and blended education
solutions, curriculum, and programs to charter schools, public school
districts, private schools, and families. In total, this work serves
more than 70 public and private schools, more than 2,000 school
districts, and students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
The company, which has delivered millions of courses over the past
decade, is taking a leadership role in career readiness education
through K12-powered Destinations Career Academies and Programs which
combine traditional high school academics with Career Technical
Education (CTE). K12 is a proud sponsor of the Foundation
for Blended and Online Learning
, a nonprofit organization dedicated
to closing the gap between the pace of technology in daily life and the
pace of change in education. More information can be found at,,,

About Tallo

Tallo (formerly STEM Premier) is an online platform that connects talent
with opportunities. The Tallo app assists students in designing a career
pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and
employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline. Students
(age 13+) and professionals showcase their skills and abilities in their
online profile, connect directly with companies and colleges looking for
the next generation of talent, and match with over $20 billion in
scholarships. For more information, visit