Quicken Loans Hosts Fourth Annual Junior Achievement Job Shadowing Day

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The nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender provided more than 30 high school students the opportunity to learn about technology and innovation, and an up-close look at the workplace

“We understand the value of real-life interaction and mentorship when it comes to finding a career path that is fulfilling,” said Wendy Kemp, Community Relations Director at Quicken Loans.

Quicken Loans, Inc., the 50-state lender of refinance and purchase mortgages, partnered with Junior Achievement for Job Shadow Day on May 12, 2011. The program, in its fourth year, prepares students for life after high school and exposes them to different career opportunities.

More than 30 junior and senior high school students from Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods, Michigan, shadowed Quicken Loans team members in a variety of fields, such as technology, human resources, and marketing. Students went through a typical day on the job, seeing firsthand how the skills they learned in school apply to the workplace.

“We understand the value of real-life interaction and mentorship when it comes to finding a career path that is fulfilling,” said Wendy Kemp, Community Relations Director at Quicken Loans. “Being able to see our team members in action gives students a taste of life in a global working world, where the knowledge they are learning in the classroom today will give them the tools they need for the future.”

The students heard inspirational words of encouragement from Bill Emerson, CEO of Quicken Loans, and participated in a resume-writing workshop. In addition, they received a building tour of the company’s downtown Detroit headquarters.

Through the job shadow program, students experience some of the interpersonal nuances of the workplace that are difficult to grasp in a classroom setting, such as the importance of negotiation, teamwork, professionalism, cooperation with others, decision making and problem solving.

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

About Quicken Loans Inc:
Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and among the five largest overall retail home lenders in the United States. The company closed a record $29 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2010, and recently closed its 1 millionth loan. Quicken Loans employs approximately 3,700 team members and generates loan production from five web centers located in Michigan, Ohio and Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Michigan as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates for 2010. “QuickenLoans.com” has been named “Best of the Web” by Forbes and Money magazines. The company also has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the country’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” eight consecutive years, ranking as high as #2, and named in the Top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for six years in a row. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in the Detroit Free Press’ ”Top Workplaces of 2010” List. The company recently moved its headquarters and 1,700 of its 3,700 full-time team members to downtown Detroit. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit http://www.quickenloans.com.

About Rock Holdings Inc:
Rock Holdings Inc. is the parent company for several financial services-related businesses and employs over 4,000 team members. These client-focused and technologically driven companies include Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online home lender and One Reverse Mortgage unit, the fastest growing reverse mortgage lender in America; Title Source, a nationwide leader of title insurance and settlement services; Quicken Loans Mortgage Services (QLMS), a mortgage origination platform servicing community banks and credit unions across the country; In-House Realty, the preferred real estate partner of Quicken Loans that matches clients with trusted real estate agents in all 50 states; and, Quizzle.com, the online innovator and website where consumers manage their home, money and credit. Rock Holdings, Inc. also recently moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit.

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