This is the second year the club are participating in this experience and the goal of Rompe Las Barreras is to provide Hispanic students with valuable real-world work experience to help motivate and advance career development beyond graduation.
On Wednesday, October 2, 10 students from Annandale High School’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program were invited to get an inside look at the day-to-day operations of D.C. United’s front office. They shadowed DCU staff from ticket sales, graphic design, community relations and video production departments. They also participated in a panel with the directors of digital media, business analytics, and operations departments.
Student Claudia Robles said she appreciated being able “to see how business people at D.C. United were working together, asking each other questions and helping each other at work just like we do at school in group work.”
D.C. United player Chris Seitz joined the students during their lunch break. The goalkeeper, who recently graduated from SNHU with his bachelor’s degree, talked to the kids about what it’s like to work as a soccer player and balancing his schoolwork with his job and family.
“The job shadowing day was such a great opportunity for our ESOL students to have a hands-on and real-world experience, make connections in a variety of aspects of business and practice their English,” Tricia Kapuscinski, School ESOL Teacher, said. “As a teacher, it was rewarding to watch these seniors take what they’ve been learning in the classroom and apply those skills in an authentic setting that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. I couldn’t ask for more of the teaching and learning process!”
The students capped their week by attending the Black-and-Red’s final MLS Regular Season match at Audi Field on Sunday, October 6. They were able to see the front office staff in action and were recognized on the field at halftime.