Sept. 22, 2017

Eighth-grade students, including IPS youth, throughout Central Indiana will descend upon the Indiana State Fairgrounds Sept. 26-27, 2017, for two days of hands-on learning and exploration at the 2017 JobSparks.

The annual career expo, hosted by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, introduces students to career paths and helps to spark interest in new industries. It offers real insight on what a particular job is like and what education is required to pursue it.

Studies show that students without a clear interest in a career path by the time they reach eighth grade are more likely to drop out of high school. At a time when career exploration is most important, students at JobSpark are given the opportunity to explore broad career paths such as technology, engineering, business/finance and medical research.

JobSpark is tied to the occupations listed in the Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs — a list of the 50 fastest-growing jobs based on expected demand and wages in 2022 for the state of Indiana.

Industry leaders from all over Central Indiana represent their trade, many featuring hands-on learning opportunities such as CPR training, sports broadcasting, robotics and engineering, power/electricity maintenance and more!