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Three New JA BizTown Storefronts Open this Year!

JA BizTown’s first week of the 2017-2018 school year started Monday, September 25th and now offers three new career pathways for students experience. Thanks to Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Ohio’s sponsors, Franklin University, Kroger, and Pepper Construction, students have the opportunity to experience jobs in academia, traditional retail, and skilled trade respectively.

On September 20th JA of Central Ohio’s staff and board members celebrated the expansion with a ribbon cutting, and were joined by leadership from all three shops and several other JA BizTown companies as well.

"We are excited about being a new member of the JA BizTown family. We partner with JA because of the kind of experiential learning kids get here - the world-class learning about business, working in teams, and many other 21st century skills, students are acquiring these abilities right here in the JA BizTown facility."

-Dr. Christopher Washington, Executive Vice President and Provost, Franklin University

Franklin University, Kroger, and Pepper Construction join 14 other Columbus businesses such as Cardinal Health, Huntington, Donatos, IGS, and the Columbus Foundation to help prepare kids in central Ohio for the business of life. This year, JA of Central Ohio will serve over 28,000 students. More than 14,000 of those students will go through the JA BizTown program – learning money management, developing communication skills, and practicing problem solving.

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