Imagine the Kentucky Exposition Center’s South Wing filled with hands-on learning experiences that are designed by individual industry teams to align with what that industry will need from its employees in the near future.
Imagine that these experiences exist as the culmination of a Junior Achievement career-readiness curriculum delivered to many of these students throughout their academic experience, beginning in elementary school.
Imagine the experience of an 8th or 9th grader who walks into these sessions with mostly abstract notions and walks out physically and intellectually activated, with real insights on what industries interest them, what specific jobs are like, and what education—both high school and post-secondary–is required to do them successfully.
In October, 90 Kentuckiana companies and organizations made that dream a reality by serving as career mentors to 9,100 8th and 9th grade students from 11 Kentucky and Indiana school districts. The event, led by Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, was massive in square feet and impact. Business areas that were featured were Business/IT; Healthcare; Manufacturing, Engineering, Human Services, Arts, Media; and Hospitality.
The event energized students, educators and business mentors, and has now become an annual program for JA of Kentuckiana
This year JA Inspire will be at the Kentucky Exposition Center South Wing B on October 23-25.
Will you exhibit this fall? We need your participation in 2018 to ensure that your career field is represented and that students have the opportunity to learn from you! Contact Debbie Dalton at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
See the action from last year below!