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Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Education Center Now Open to Students in Wisconsin

The Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Education Center in Appleton held a dedication and open house on Wednesday, January 22. The Center is a first of its kind in the country with Junior Achievement education offered on a technical college campus.

A partnership between Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and Fox Valley Technical College, with lead support from Community First Credit Union, the Center will offer students in grades 4 through 12, career awareness opportunities with a focus on STEM-related occupations and financial literacy learning. It will host two of Junior Achievement’s premiere programs, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, which are also provided at JA Kohl’s Education Center in Milwaukee, and the Fox Valley Technical College Career Exploration program.

Junior Achievement programs, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, will provide students real-world experiences of living in a community with life scenarios where they will get a job, manage a budget, purchase goods and services, vote and develop a savings plan.

The Fox Valley Tech Career Exploration program will provide authentic, age appropriate, hands-on and minds-on experiences in different career clusters such as healthcare, business, manufacturing and IT. Those activities are designed to introduce young learners to in-demand careers throughout the region.

The Center is set up as a simulated city for students, Miron Town Square, with these businesses: Amcor, Bergstrom Automotive, The Boldt Company, City Hall, Community First Credit Union, David Nelson Media Center, Fox Valley Tech Commons, Kimberly-Clark, Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Pieper Electric Inc., We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, and the YMCA. Some of the immersive experiences for students include a virtual reality test drive at Bergstrom, healthcare screenings at the YMCA, and an augmented reality welding system at Miller Electric.

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” says Michael Frohna, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. Our partnership with these local businesses in our simulated town, will let students know that these are some of the careers available for real, lifesustaining jobs.”

“Our strategic career exploration initiatives are built around giving young students a cost-effective, seamless pathway from education to a profession,” says Steve Meyer, manager of STEM education and development at FVTC. “This new center will bring to life vital skills and experiences to best prepare our future leaders.”

The Center is expected to support 15,000 students from throughout Northeast Wisconsin each year. To schedule a time for your school’s class to visit or to volunteer for a day at the Center, please contact Brooke Tabbert from Junior Achievement at btabbert@jawis.org or 414-577-3816 or Jennifer Fuerst from FVTC at fuerst@fvtc.edu or 920-560-1439.

2018-2019 Annual Impact Report

2018-2019 JA of Wisconsin Annual Impact ReportThe 2018-2019 Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Annual Impact Report is now available!

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JA Documentary Now Available to View Online

If you were unable to watch the JA documentary on Wisconsin Public Television last week, you can watch it online now at https://www.pbs.org/show/made-possible-business-junior-achievement/

 

JA Documentary to Air on Wisconsin Public Television

Made Possible: The Business of Junior Achievement will air on Wisconsin Public Television’s, The Wisconsin Channel at 5 p.m., Sunday, September 22. Shot in various American cities, the documentary shares the story of Junior Achievement (JA), which marks its centennial this year.
 
JA circa 1920sNarrated by Junior Achievement alumna, Juju Chang, journalist for ABC News and Nightline anchor, Made Possible explores the history of Junior Achievement’s first 100 years. JA was founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Horace Moses (Founder, Strathmore Paper), Theodore Vail (Chairman, AT&T), and Murray Crane (U.S. Senator, Massachusetts). Today, Junior Achievement is a multinational organization, annually reaching more than 100 million students in 100 countries.
 
Made Possible: The Business of Junior Achivement offers compelling stories and interviews detailing how JA has impacted young people through lessons of financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. Interviewees include renowned JA alumni, including CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, and Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank personality, Mark Cuban. The film also documents the challenges JA has faced over the past hundred years — including surviving the Great Depression, World War II, and the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
 
It will air on WPT's The Wisconsin Channel. View the WPT schedule here: https://wptschedule.org/episodes/48734806/Made-Possible-The-Business-of-Junior-Achievement/

If your TV provider does not offer this station, you can download the FREE WPT and PBS app on your mobile device or providers like Apple TV or Roku at https://wpt4.org/how-to-watch-wpt-and-pbs-shows-on-any-device-at-home-or-on-the-go/.

Junior Achievement Subscription Tuition Program with the National University System

National University System (NUS), a network of accredited nonprofit education institutions serving higher education and K-12 students, is offering Junior Achievement employees, teachers and volunteers a deeply discounted tuition rate to complete an Associate’s, Bachelor's or Master’s degree.

To view applicable schools and programs, the application / admissions process and other information, click here: NUS JA Tuition Program.

What is the subscription tuition?

  • Tuition is $4,999 per year for unlimited courses. This is 65% - 75% less than the usual tuition. This does not cover books or other fees.
  • Payment arrangements vary based on the school you choose to attend.
  • Financial assistance is available through National University System.
  • Advisors are available through NUS to assist you in selecting the right program and university or discussing payment processes.

Who is eligible?

  • Active full-time or part-time employees of JA Areas or Junior Achievement USA.
  • Actively engaged teachers or volunteers of JA Areas. To be considered actively engaged a teacher must host a JA class in the current school year or, if enrolling in the summer, in the most recent school year. To be considered actively engaged a volunteer must have taught a JA class or be signed up to teach a class or after school program in the current school year or, if enrolling in the summer, in the most recent school year.
  • Employees, teachers and volunteers must meet the eligibility requirements throughout the degree program. NUS may request annual verification of eligibility. If someone is in the degree program but no longer eligible for the discounted tuition, he or she may continue their program with NUS at the regular tuition rate.
  • A verification form will be available on the NUS dedicated website for Junior Achievement employees, volunteers and teachers which much be completed by the local JA Area office or JA USA to complete the admissions process. The individual applying with NUS is responsible for downloading the form and sending it to the JA Area for completion.

For questions related to the programs or tuition see the NUS website

For eligibiliy questions, contact your JA representative.

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