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–Sept. 30, 2016

 

On Sept. 29 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, industry
leaders joined together to offer a hands-on learning experience for eighth-grade
students throughout Central Indiana.

 

They’re back at it again today, Sept. 30, at JA JobSpark,
a new program organized by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. The career
expo features more than 2,000 volunteers serving more than 7,000 Marion County middle
school students.

 

The overall goal of JobSpark is to introduce our youth to
various career paths and to spark interest in a new industry — offering 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.

 

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!

 

On Thursday, the architects and engineers behind the new
Pacers training facility featured plenty of learning opportunities for our
youth. They also gave students the opportunity to mark their place in history
by allowing them to sign an I-beam that will be used in the construction of the
building.

 

Because of the strong partnership between Junior Achievement
and the state’s Department of Workforce Development, 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.

 

Students ended the first day of JobSpark with complimentary hardhats,
loads of information about careers and inspired minds.