Junior Achievement And Indianapolis Public Schools Prepare Graduating Seniors For Postsecondary Success

(INDIANAPOLIS) – On May 1, seniors at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will have the opportunity to meet with local business professionals, representing more than 40 companies in central Indiana, to learn about the various career opportunities, available entry-level positions, and employment pathways after they graduate this Spring.


The IPS/JA Inspire Job Fair will take place at Arsenal Tech High School, 1500 E. Michigan St., from 8 a.m. to Noon. The event is designed to provide all IPS graduating seniors, who have identified “Employment” as their post-secondary plan, with a pathway to success. The fair is the culmination of weeks of school-based curriculum, provided by Junior Achievement and taught by IPS staff, arming students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in today’s business world. Students will develop a resume, perfect their elevator pitch and learn the required soft skills necessary for modern success.
“Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all young people to own their future success,” states Jennifer Burk, President, and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. “We are proud to partner with IPS and the business community to build students’ employability skills, connect them with business and industry professionals, and support these young people in their journey toward future success and self-sufficiency.”
Students are required to research companies attending prior to the event and select a minimum of three organizations they would like to meet. Students will be actively seeking entry-level careers, apprenticeships and job opportunities that each company has to offer.
“The JA Inspire IPS Job Fair is an excellent opportunity for our students to secure employment and gain the necessary skills and confidence needed to persist in their employment choice,” said Interim Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. “Through the preparation from Junior Achievement and the participation of a variety of local employers, this event is the perfect launching pad for student success after high school graduation.”
Approximately 500 seniors from all IPS high school programs, including Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, George Washington, Shortridge, Graduation Academy, and Simon Youth Academy, will attend the fair.
As a part of Hire Indy Youth Week, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will attend, supporting the importance of preparing graduating seniors for employment and building a strong talent pipeline for local businesses.
See below for a full list of participating companies:
American Senior Communities, Allison Transmission, Aviation Tech Center- Vincennes and Purdue, Crossroad Farms Dairy – Kroger, Custom Concrete, Ed Martin Automotive Group, ERMCO, Inc., FedEx Express, Finish Line, FTI of DC91 – International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, GEICO, Hello Fresh, Hyatt Place Hyatt House Indianapolis, Indiana Army National Guard, Indiana Plan Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Program, Indianapolis Fire Department, IndyPendence Job Corps, Integrity Staffing Solutions, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 481, IU Health Radiography Program, IU Health Pharmacy Technician Program, IUPUI Army ROTC, Jiffy Lube, John Boner Neighborhood Centers, JW Marriott Indianapolis, Kenzie Academy, Milestone Contractors, Nelbud Services, OPCMIA 692 – Plaster and Cement Masons, Pepper Construction, Regional Council of Carpenters-KORCC, Regions Bank, Republic Airways, Riverview Health, Securitas Security Services, Shiel Sexton, State of Indiana Personnel Department, The Westin Indianapolis, Trilogy Health Services, United Home Healthcare, United States Marine Corps, United States Postal Service, US Navy Recruiting, Video Game Palooza/Hope Training Academy
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, in partnership with the business and education communities, empowers young people to own their future success. JA educates and inspires young people in the areas of career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and philanthropy through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for children in Kindergarten through high school.
About Indianapolis Public Schools
The largest public school district in Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is an agile, innovative educational organization committed to academic excellence built through individualized, relationship-based learning. We empower our students to think critically, creatively and responsibly, to embrace diversity and pursue their dreams with purpose. Though we cover 80 square miles, employ over 5,000 people, and serve over 30,000 students, we are committed to serving individual students with what they need. To learn more about IPS, please visit www.myips.org.

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