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Delta’s Community Engagement team recently hosted high school students at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to give them a behind-the-scenes look at how an airport works.

Atlanta JA students explore behind the scenes at airport
The students, who are part of Junior Achievement’s Magnet Business Academy program at Benjamin Banneker High School in Atlanta, had the opportunity to explore Airport Operations, Technical Operations Center and the In-Flight Training Center. Their visit was Delta’s first job shadow with the JA Academy program in Atlanta.

Some of the highlights of the job shadow included touring:

  • Delta Sky Clubs
  • A330 aircraft and flight deck
  • Technical Operations facility
  • Engine shop
  • Maintenance bay

Additionally, students enjoyed a lunch-and-learn session at TechOps, where they heard about career options and skill requirements, and at the end of the day, experienced flight attendant training with the evacuation raft and slide, the highlight of the day.

Atlanta JA students explore behind the scenes at airport
“Delta is thrilled to partner with Junior Achievement and the JA Academy program to continue to inspire and light a spark in our future employees and customers through this unique hands-on program,” said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director – Community Engagement. 

Banneker High School Assistant Principal Dr. Ava Debro expressed their appreciation of the experience: “Job shadowing is a necessity for our students, because it gives them the opportunity to spend time and speak with professionals in their field of interest. The exposure allows students to explore various careers and make an informed decision when considering post-secondary options.” 

Delta has partnered with more than 30 Junior Achievement chapters, including those in L.A., N.Y., DTW, EZE, LON, SCL, and RDU, through a variety of job shadows and volunteer opportunities.  For additional information on Delta’s efforts in the community, visit the Force for Global Good page, which can be found under the “Company” tab on Deltanet.

Atlanta JA students explore behind the scenes at airport
About Junior Achievement Academy

Junior Achievement first piloted the JA Academy Program in 2015 in Georgia, with the mission of re-engineering high school education to be more relevant, experiential and authentically connected to life beyond the classroom walls to prepare today’s students for the demands of tomorrow’s economy. All programs align with Junior Achievement's core standards of teaching students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness to equip them with the tools to be personally and professionally successful.