Jefferson County IL | Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis

Junior Achievement in Jefferson County Illinois

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Junior Achievement, in partnership with Rend Lake College, supports Jefferson County schools and educators by providing valuable kindergarten through high school classroom programming.  JA's hands-on programs are taught by caring community and business volunteers. JA's programs focus on basic concepts of economics and show how education is relevant to the workplace.

The sequential activities foster lifelong learning and help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future.  With a range of different programs, Junior Achievement teaches about concepts relating to entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. JA's programs are correlated to the Illinois Learning Standards and Grade Level Expectations.


For a complete downloadable list of Elementary School  Programs click here
For a complete downloadable list of Middle School Programs click here
For a complete downloadable list of High School Programs click here

Contact Information

Rend Lake College MarketPlace 

321 Potomac Blvd 

Office 366 
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Kristy Garner, District Manager
618-437-5321 ext. 1369 
Jefferson County Illinois


Junior Achievement has a positive impact in lives and with our economy improving societal issues. We have a significant role today, with helping educators teach remotely. We are building and reaching even more students in low-income areas today in many school districts, which has long-term impact.

During the pandemic stay-home period, our team excelled with remote learning; helping educators with Google Classroom, and through MS Teams. We didn't slow down on our outreach, and this past school year, we reached over 154,000 students with over 1/3 engaged with remote learning. We feel great having a significant role today, and it's expanding in the upcoming school year.


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JA in Jefferson County IL Advisory Board

Amanda Basso — Board Chair
Crossroads Community Hospital
Melanie Andrews
Assistant Regional Superintendent
Regional Board of Education #13
Tammy Beckham
Spring Garden School District
Dr. Melanie Brink
Waltonville School District
Shane Gordon
Bluford School District
Rachel Hall
Director of Strategy and Business Development
SSM Health Illinois
Ryan Schmidt
E-Commerce Director
Ford Square Mt. Vernon
Dee Ann Schnautz
Director of Curriculum
Mount Vernon District 80 Schools
Deb Smith
King City Property Brokers
D. John Walker
Director of Operations
Crossroads Community Hospital
Natalie Wellen
Executive Director
United Way of South Central Illinois
Terry Wilkerson
Rend Lake College