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Citi Grooms Irving Students for Future Employment


Irving, Texas. February 4, 2020

Irving ISD is excited to sign Citi as a premier sponsor. The sponsorship signing will take place on Wednesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. at MacArthur High School (3700 N. MacArthur, Irving).

The sponsorship between Irving ISD and Citi gives Irving ISD students an authentic learning space to prepare for a career in business and technology- a high demand, high wage and high skill industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage of someone in business and financial operations is $79,539.

“Citi’s sponsorship of our School of Business and Entrepreneurship will allow students to continue to learn how their academic foundation blends seamlessly with the technical skills that are required by today’s demanding workforce. Citi has a long history of commitment to excellence and providing life-changing experiences for our students in Signature Studies,” says Shawn Blessing, director of Irving ISD’s Signature Studies program. “Their willingness to provide students with real world challenges has been one motivating factor that has driven the School of Business and Entrepreneurship to new heights. We are extremely proud to recognize Citi as our Premier Sponsor for the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at MacArthur High School.”

Thanks to Citi, MacArthur High’s business and technology students are invited to apply for Citi’s Global Command Center High School Intern Program. Students accepted into the internship program work 20 hours a week at the Global Command Center and learn all faucets of the business industry. This is a win-win for both partners because students are getting real-world experience in high school and Citi is grooming the next generation to lead their company.

“As the largest employer in Irving and a longtime community partner with the Irving Independent School District, Citi is proud to partner with the District’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship at MacArthur High School to prepare students for workplace readiness and to promote educational excellence,” says Jason Cramer, Citi Dallas/Irving Interim Site Head and Head of Mortgage Originations and Vendor Management. “Our latest collaboration teams Citi employees with students in the classroom with relevant and real-world connections where they will learn about finance, business management, and technology. These sessions provide a hands-on environment to learn the necessary technical skills while exposing students to opportunities in the financial and technology industries, including Citi’s Global Command Center High School Intern Program.”

Citi's mission is to serve as a trusted partner to their clients by responsibly providing financial services that enable growth and economic progress. Citi’s core activities are safeguarding assets, lending money, making payments and accessing the capital markets on behalf of their clients. Citi has 200 years of experience helping their clients meet the world's toughest challenges and embrace its greatest opportunities. They are Citi, the global bank – an institution connecting millions of people across hundreds of countries and cities.

More than 900 Irving ISD high school students are expected to benefit from the new sponsorship, with the hopes of one day entering the lucrative and successful field of business and technology.

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