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
Aviation Tech Center — Vincennes and Purdue universities
Crossroad Farms Dairy — Kroger
Ed Martin Automotive Group
FTI of DC91 — International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
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
IUPUI Army ROTC
John Boner Neighborhood Centers
JW Marriott Indianapolis
OPCMIA 692 — Plaster and Cement Masons
Regional Council of Carpenters — IKORCC
Securitas Security Services
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