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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida to host JA Inspire, a virtual career exploration fair

By Staff | Jan 21, 2021

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will host its first-ever virtual career exploration fair, JA Inspire, this year. The event provides local public, private and homeschool students the rare opportunity to explore potential career paths and connect with local employers for the high-wage and high-demand jobs in our community.

After five explorative lessons integrating work and career readiness, including a personalized career assessment, students will attend an interactive virtual career expo, exposing them to various industries, career opportunities, and required education levels. Students will virtually participate in webinars and presentations, explore career booths, and interact with career speakers. Industries include technology, business and finance, hospitality and tourism, health and life sciences, and more.

All eighth grade students in Collier County public schools will participate in the virtual fair on March 24, and Lee County public school students will participate on June 11. Those who are enrolled in private schools or being homeschooled can be enlisted in the program by contacting Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida at (239) 225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is seeking more companies willing to sponsor this important program and become virtual exhibitors at the career expo to offer a wide variety of careers for students to explore. Sponsorships begin at $500 to have a customized virtual career exploration booth, with levels and sponsor benefits increasing from there. The deadline to get involved is February 1.

For more information on the event or sponsorship opportunities, visit http://jaswfl.org/ja-inspire-virtual. Inquiries can also be directed to Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida at (239) 225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

 

About Junior Achievement

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. Junior Achievement 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 more than 4.8 million students per year in more than 107 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide.

Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with classroom business volunteers during the 2019-2020 school year to provide nearly 70,000 hours of instruction to nearly 10,500 students in 453 classes throughout Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties. For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590, or email info@jaswfl.org.