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Education Roundup: JA's Inspire to Hire educates students on careers

To help guide Ohio students as they consider their future careers, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio will present JA Inspire to Hire. JA Inspire to Hire is a collaborative effort of local educators and industry leaders to educate and empower students on the possible paths their careers can take.

This year’s JA Inspire program events feature a series of in-person and virtual opportunities.

  • Dec. 1-May 31: JA Virtual Inspire, JA’s third annual virtual event for seventh to 12th grade students
  • March 1: JA Inspire to Hire, for juniors and seniors in Stark County

The goal of JA Inspire is to help students see the relationship between their high school choices and the educational requirements they’re expected to meet for their most desired careers, according to a news release.

When schools participate in JA Inspire, students from across Ohio are equipped with the knowledge that there is a wide array of job opportunities right in their home state. With 60% of JA alumni affirming they are in their dream career (compared to 25% of average Americans), JA Inspire shows students how to start on a path to success and work toward a goal that benefits them as well as their communities.

As part of the events, nearly 100 area businesses will show students what a day in their life is like, how students can follow in their footsteps, and what students should do during the duration of their school career to be successful first-time employees.

For educators, the programming makes it easy for teachers to excel in their efforts for career readiness, as students can start building a professional network and forge connections with adults who have jobs in fields that interest them.

All educators are encouraged to register for JA Inspire Virtual, which is offered free and will open students’ eyes to the importance of career planning. Consisting of seven, 45-minute sessions, JA Inspire Virtual mimics the dynamics of a live event, including a virtual lobby, information booth, auditorium for presentations, and halls with booths and sponsors. Within the virtual experience, students can attend webinars and presentations, explore career booths, and interact with career speakers.


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