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JA expands Inspire Program

To help guide and enlighten Ohio students as they consider their future careers, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio (JA) is proud to present JA Inspire to Hire.

A career exploration experience unlike any other, 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 programming, which is made possible by generous sponsors including title sponsor, FirstEnergy. Inspire program events feature a series of both in-person and virtual opportunities.

  • Dec. 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023 : JA Virtual Inspire, JA’s third annual virtual event for 7th- to 12th-grade students
  • February 23, 2023: JA Inspire to Hire presented by Charles River Laboratories, for juniors and seniors in Richland Country

“By engaging with our future workforce through programs like Inspire to Hire, we can help students envision opportunities to establish a successful career in any industry,” said Christine Walker, FirstEnergy’s senior vice president, chief human resources officer and corporate services.

“FirstEnergy’s support of this program reflects our commitment to making our customers’ lives brighter and the communities stronger by creating opportunities where our local youth can grow along with us or other North Central Ohio companies.”

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.

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 at a young age and work towards a goal that benefits them as well as their communities in Ohio.

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 career-readiness efforts, as students can start building a professional network and forge real-world connections with adults who have jobs in fields that interest them.

“The JA Inspire event is an incredible opportunity for my students to learn about local job and career options," said Zack Canfield, of Ontario Middle School. "The program provides my students with the chance to think critically about their future and make authentic connections with professionals in career fields they are interested in. They really appreciate the chance to investigate what careers are available that match their passions and interests.”

All educators are encouraged to register for JA Inspire Virtual, which is offered at no cost 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.

“JA Inspire leverages an interactive virtual platform whereby our organization is able to reach a broader, more diverse population of students,” said Casie Grau of Ohio Mutual Insurance Group. “JA continues to be a pioneering leader in their efforts to connect organizations with students, and we are proud to partner with them in order to educate students about the variety of careers that exist in their backyards.”

For the program to be successful, Junior Achievement invites any interested businesses to register for the JA Inspire events. Through a unique combination of classroom content and event experience, companies can increase awareness across Ohio counties, bolster their hiring pipelines, and empower students to pursue in-demand careers.

To become a partner for any of the upcoming events, visit the link:

For teachers interested in the JA Virtual Inspire event for 7th- to 12th-grade students, which will kick off in December and run through June of 2023, contact JA’s Denice Schafer to learn more at or by calling 330-433-0063 x104.

To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, visit

Source: Richland Source


Media Contacts:

Denice Schafer
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
(330) 433-0063

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