Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Announces JA EduSpark Industry Tours

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is proud to announce the inaugural JA EduSpark Industry Tour on March 29, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The tour marks the first JA EduSpark Industry Tour with Roche Indy, the North American headquarters of the world’s largest biotech company and world leader in diagnostics. Central Indiana educators have been invited to tour Roche’s facilities, and talk with Roche professionals about critical workforce needs and how to connect curriculum being delivered in the classroom to the real world of work.

Three years ago, Junior Achievement brought together a coalition of educators and industry leaders to provide 8th-grade students with a unique hands-on opportunity. JA JobSpark allows students to experience different careers in a masterful two-day event with 150 businesses participating. Preparations for JA JobSpark 2019 are underway, and Junior Achievement is poised to serve 10,000 students during this year’s event.
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The success of JA JobSpark has established a crucial line of communication between our educators and the industry leaders who are in need of a skilled workforce. Inspired, Junior Achievement expanded the platform for industry leaders to provide real-time information about in-demand career opportunities to our educators and school administrators.
With the help of our business community and sponsors like Roche, today Junior Achievement is thrilled to announce JA EduSpark Industry Tours.
“We are very excited to announce what we hope will become a vital extension of JA JobSpark for our counselors, teachers, principals, and school administrators. The curriculum taught in schools across Central Indiana needs to ensure that we are preparing students for successful futures,” said Jennifer Burk, president, and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. “Junior Achievement serves as a key connector between education and future career success. We believe every student deserves the opportunity to follow their own path to success, and it starts by providing our educators with the necessary information and tools.”
“We know that attracting and developing a diverse and talented workforce starts with empowering our educators,” said Bridget Boyle, VP and Site Head HR, Roche Diagnostics. Roche is pleased to serve as a sponsor for JA EduSpark Industry Tours, and we look forward to hosting the first industry visit.”
For more information on JA EduSpark and future tours contact Cindy Kicinski at cindyk@jaindy.org.