Financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness was the focus at the Ambridge Area Junior High Junior Achievement Day.
“JA in a Day” is a special Junior Achievement delivery method that facilitates the partnership between a business and a school. Huntington Bank professionals will volunteer to teach classes and empower students to own their economic success. The bankers served as role models and taught important business concepts to help students prepare to become future members of the workforce.
Principal Shaun Cooke said the goal was to get students exposed and familiarized with financial literacy for seventh-graders and get career readiness and college readiness for eighth-graders.
"We learned about job interviews and the right path you should take to get that dream job," said seventh-grader Ella Miller.
Nick Weaver shared that he learned about credit and debit cards and the differences between them.
The career planning committee reached out to the community for professional leaders to share the requirements, insights, and day-to-day routines of their careers with seventh- and eighth-grade students.
"Our Career Day supports the PA Education and Work Standards by exposing the kids to possible career options for the future" shared
Genifer Scaletta, Ambridge Area Junior High School counselor.
Haemonetics Corporation, located in Leetsdale, sponsored a catered luncheon for all of the presenters. Mugs filled with chocolates donated by Anderson’s Candies were given to all of the presenters as gifts from Student Council and Rodgers.
"The career planning committee feels that the day went quite smoothly thanks to well-behaved students, help from Student Council and Interact students, and of course to the 40 local wonderful presenters that took time out of their busy schedules to participate in this very beneficial program for our kids," said Scaletta.
"It could not have happened as smoothly as it did without the cooperation of the entire Junior High staff!"
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