How We Started
In 1959, a group of 20 Owensboro Business leaders had a similar vision like that of Horace Moses, Theodore Vail and U.S. Senator Murray Crane. Their commitment and vision resulted in the establishment of Junior Achievement of Greater Owensboro, Inc. This year marks the 57th year that our community has renewed its commitment to providing our youth with the opportunity to learn and experience the value of free enterprise and business. To-date nearly 220,000 area elementary, middle and high school students have benefited from this "Partnership" among business, education, young people and Junior Achievement.
Many alumni remember their JA past through the JA Company® Program. Since the early days of JA participants forming a company and making products, Junior Achievement® shifted its focus to offer more in-school programming. By switching to an in-school model, more students in various grade levels can now be served. During the 2015-2016 School Year, we served 857 classrooms, impacting nearly 20,450 students. For 2016-2017, we estimate that we will serve an estimated 880 classrooms to impact between an estimated 20,000 students in grades K-12 throughout our area, instead of serving a few hundred in high school.
The picture below honors the history of our past building that JA occupied from 1959 - 2005 which was built by Texas Gas through the leadership of Bill Elmer. Currently, JA of West Kentucky is headquartered in the Texas Gas Training Facility located on Wing Avenue.