Indianapolis Public Schools and Junior Achievement of Central Indiana have created a program designed to meet the critical needs of high school students. JA says the Focus on the Future program includes an interactive online curriculum and activities related to career exploration and work readiness.
JA says its program provides curriculum and resources designed around its three pillars: work and career readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. The program aims to prepare students for success with courses for soft skill development, résumé and job application tips.
“It’s critically important that we prepare our students for what comes after high school, and the JA Focus on the Future program helps teach those real-world skills in a stimulating way that prepares our students for success,” said Aleesia Johnson, IPS superintendent. “As educators learn to engage students virtually and adapt curriculum in this new world of e-learning, we must ensure that we’re preparing the workforce of tomorrow, whether they choose enrollment, enlistment or employment.”
In 2019, IPS and JA partnered to create the Inspire Job Fair where students on the employment track could learn more about the various industry jobs they studied in the school-based curriculum offered by JA. This year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19 precautions.
“JA’s focus on work and career readiness, financial literacy and developing an entrepreneurial mindset are more important now than ever as we work to ensure the future remains bright for our kids. We are grateful for our partnership with IPS and their commitment to preparing every student to pursue a pathway to success,” said Jennifer Burk, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana chief executive officer.
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