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August 18, 2015

Junior Achievement and Bechtel Work Together to Build Future Leaders

Latham, NY –Bechtel employees at the KAPL facility will work with Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York (JA) to deliver JA programs focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness to local students through the “Building Future Leaders” initiative.

“Thanks to Bechtel for its support of Junior Achievement programs,” said Ed Murray, President of Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. “We are working together to help students become workforce ready and explore careers in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.”

“A significant challenge we face in the engineering industry is how to attract more young people, especially women,” said Charlene Wheeless, head of Bechtel’s Global Corporate Affairs in Reston, Virginia. “We believe our support of this initiative with Junior Achievement will give young people the opportunity to see the potential a career in engineering offers and to encourage them to be part of the next generation of industry leaders."

Bechtel’s support provides needed expansion of JA programs, delivering programming to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience such enrichment programs. The programs will be delivered by Bechtel employees in the classroom during the school day.

Murray continued, “Additionally, we are grateful for Bechtel’s commitment to our youth in the Capital Region by encouraging its employees to deliver our programs. We could not provide this benefit to our young people were it not for the corporate volunteers who deliver our programs in the classroom every day.”

Each year JA reaches more than 10 million students worldwide, helping them develop successful financial management habits, providing entrepreneurship education, and imparting the skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce. Locally, Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York reaches more than 24,600 students.

About Junior Achievement (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional six million students served by operations in 119 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York serves 12 counties in the region. Its programs reach 24,600 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and provide young people with knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

About Bechtel

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 58,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in 40


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