Students and local employers got up bright and early to participate in the IPS/JA Inspire Job Fair, which kicked off at 8 a.m. May 1 at Arsenal Technical High School.


The event was a success!


Designed to provide all IPS graduating seniors who have identified “Employment” as their post-secondary plan with a direct pathway to the workforce, 500 IPS students interacted with business professionals representing more than 40 Central Indiana companies.


Students learned about various career opportunities, available entry-level positions and employment pathways after they graduate this June.


The fair was the culmination of weeks of school-based curriculum, provided by Junior Achievement and taught by IPS staff, arming students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in today’s business world. Students developed resumes, perfected their elevator pitches and learned the required soft skills necessary for modern success.


Prior to the fair, students were required to research companies participating and select a minimum of three organizations they would like to meet. Students from Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, George Washington and Shortridge high schools, Graduation Academy and Simon Youth Academy were actively seeking entry-level careers, apprenticeships and job opportunities that each company had to offer.


“The IPS/JA Inspire Job Fair is an excellent opportunity for our students to secure employment and gain the necessary skills and confidence needed to persist in their employment choice,” said IPS Interim IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. “Through the preparation from Junior Achievement and the participation of a variety of local employers, this event is the perfect launching pad for student success after high school graduation.”


As a part of Hire Indy Youth Week, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett attended, supporting the importance of preparing graduating seniors for employment and building a strong talent pipeline for local businesses.


“Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all young people to own their future success,” said Jennifer Burk, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. “We are proud to partner with IPS and the business community to build students’ employability skills, connect them with business and industry professionals, and support these young people in their journey toward future success and self-sufficiency.”


Companies that Participated in the IPS/JA Inspire Job Fair

American Senior Communities

Allison Transmission

Aviation Tech Center — Vincennes and Purdue universities

Crossroad Farms Dairy — Kroger

Custom Concrete

Ed Martin Automotive Group


FedEx Express

Finish Line

FTI of DC91 — International Union of Painters and Allied Trades


Hello Fresh

Hyatt Place Hyatt House Indianapolis

Indiana Army National Guard

Indiana Plan Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Program

Indianapolis Fire Department

IndyPendence Job Corps

Integrity Staffing Solutions

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 481

IU Health Radiography Program

IU Health Pharmacy Technician Program


Jiffy Lube

John Boner Neighborhood Centers

JW Marriott Indianapolis

Kenzie Academy

Milestone Contractors

Nelbud Services

OPCMIA 692 — Plaster and Cement Masons

Pepper Construction

Regional Council of Carpenters — IKORCC

Regions Bank

Republic Airways

Riverview Health

Securitas Security Services

Shiel Sexton

State of Indiana Personnel Department

The Westin Indianapolis

Trilogy Health Services

United Home Healthcare

United States Marine Corps

United States Postal Service

US Navy Recruiting

Video Game Palooza/Hope Training Academy