February 2, 2021 (Charlotte, NC) –
On Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas(JACC) will host JA Ignite, a Virtual Career Exploration Fair presented by Allstate. The virtual experience is being offered to 8-12th grade students across the 53 counties JACC serves. An interactive platform will allow students to explore post-secondary opportunities as they navigate virtual exhibitor booths containing valuable career information. The fair features colleges, top local businesses, and government agencies. Students will be able to collect videos, job descriptions, job postings and more in their “virtual backpacks.” This self-guided experience will feature gamification, leaderboards, and prizes creating an environment that is both fun and educational.
In the last year, the economic uncertainty due to the pandemic has impacted businesses both big and small, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and families across our nation. Locally, Charlotte faced its own challenges before shutdowns ever began, having been ranked the lowest among 50 largest US metro areas in economic mobility. JACC is directly addressing these issues by providing students relevant experiences, like JA Ignite, and skills to increase their likelihood of experiencing career success, starting a business, and positively navigating economic mobility.
To engage 12,000 students for this event, JACC has leveraged their strong relationships with Mecklenburg, Chester, Lancaster and York County School Systems as well as those of surrounding counties and individual CTE teachers. More than halfway to their student goal, the priority over the next month is to make even more educators aware of this supplemental and completely virtual program offering as well as other upcoming programming. JACC is taking group registrations as well as individual student registration.
>> Watch the JA Ignite Video
*Booth registration for this event is full.