CISCO Partners with St. Louis Cardinals EXPLORE Program
Cisco Networking Academy students attended the EXPLORE Baseball Youth Career Immersion Program this week at Busch Stadium. Our 17 students will participate in three sessions with the St. Louis Cardinals, who have partnered with Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP) to provide students in the St. Louis area the opportunity to learn more about their organization and careers in the baseball industry.
John Mozeliak, President of Baseball Operations, spent almost 4 hours with students discussing careers, work ethic, drive and determination. Students also spoke with Emily Wiebe, Baseball Operations Analyst and Javier Duren, Baseball Operations Fellow. The panel also fielded questions and shared their personal career stories. Students also enjoyed a lunch and worked in small teams on solutions for current issues being addressed by the organization. Additionally, students were able to meet with Ann Seeney, Director of Human Resources for the Cardinals, who suggested some summer job opportunities for the students.
Our students found significant value in the experience. “The Cardinals EXPLORE program engages students and involves us meeting face-to-face with real world business leaders that manage the Cards. It inspired me to think big and shoot for the moon,” said Jonah Chapman, a CISCO junior. Several students noted that learning how much more there was to baseball operations than they ever realized, including technology, statistics, data analysis, and more. They are looking forward to their next session with the Cards.
EXPLORE Baseball hopes to increase the number of diverse candidates in their recruitment pipeline. They want to support youth by supporting relationship building, career pathway exposure, internship and job opportunities, and skill development.
Other industry partners who will be mentoring CISCO students this year include Ameren, Centene, Edward Jones, and SSM. For more information about CISCO and to learn about the certifications and college credit in this program, please visit our programs page. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019.