Thursday, January 10, 2008

American Eagle Tries to Woo Students

American Eagle Outfitters is trying to convince young people that Pittsburgh has good jobs for them. The company is opening its South Side headquarters to students from North Allegheny High School tomorrow to let them have a peek at what it's like to work there. It's in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Regional Compact, an initiative to connect employers with workers of the future. The Compact is run by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Paul Leger, the Conference's Senior Vice President for Workforce Development, says tomorrow's visit will hopefully get the message across that American Eagle doesn't just need retail workers; there's a lot more to the company, including accounting, marketing and information technology. He says students who like what they see at American Eagle will get a better idea of what they need to study in order to work there.

Leger says the Pittsburgh Regional Compact wants to work with other businesses willing to let high school students come in for a tour. The Compact is hoping to connect 3,000 students with local workplaces this year.

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