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Hiring Hoosiers: Annual 8th grade career expo shifts formats amid pandemic

Posted at 11:06 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 11:19:37-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The pandemic has caused many plans to be put on hold. When it comes to inspiring the future workforce, that is something the community cannot afford. Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is changing it’s course to continue to provide these opportunities to students.

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana empowers students towards career paths through career explorations, employable life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy through hands on learning opportunities.

For the past five years, Junior Achievement has “sparked” job interests in eighth grade students through a career expo hosted at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This year, this will be offered virtually for two days for about 10,000 Indianapolis-area students.

Students will be able to take part in interactive learning experiences from different industries like manufacturing, agriculture, business and finance, law, government, tourism, tech and health sciences.

“One thing we don't want to happen and can't afford to have happen is for our young people to stop being inspired and focus too much on the unknowns and challenges of today,” said Jennifer Burk, President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. “We want to give them the opportunity to really focus on the amazing opportunities that they have for tomorrow.”

Junior Achievement’s goal is for every student to have a post-secondary plan that leads them to a career opportunity for future success.

The JA JobSpark two-day career expo will take place September 22 and 23. Depending on the industry they choose to learn more about, those students will then learn skills and personal attributes needed for those careers that are forecasted to be in high demand when they graduate high school.

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