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JobSpark Offers Hands-on Learning

–Sept. 30, 2016


On Sept. 29 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, industry leaders joined together to offer a hands-on learning experience for eighth-grade students throughout Central Indiana.


They’re back at it again today, Sept. 30, at JA JobSpark, a new program organized by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. The career expo features more than 2,000 volunteers serving more than 7,000 Marion County middle school students.


The overall goal of JobSpark is to introduce our youth to various career paths and to spark interest in a new industry — offering real insight on what a particular job is like and what education is required to pursue it.


Studies show that students without a clear interest in a career path by the time they reach eighth grade are more likely to drop out of high school. At a time when career exploration is most important, students at JobSpark are given the opportunity to explore broad career paths such as technology, engineering, business/finance and medical research.


Industry leaders from all over Central Indiana represent their trade, many featuring hands-on learning opportunities such as CPR training, sports broadcasting, robotics and engineering, power/electricity maintenance and more!


On Thursday, the architects and engineers behind the new Pacers training facility featured plenty of learning opportunities for our youth. They also gave students the opportunity to mark their place in history by allowing them to sign an I-beam that will be used in the construction of the building.


Because of the strong partnership between Junior Achievement and the state's Department of Workforce Development, JobSpark is tied to the occupations listed in the Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs — a list of the 50 fastest-growing jobs based on expected demand and wages in 2022 for the state of Indiana.


Students ended the first day of JobSpark with complimentary hardhats, loads of information about careers and inspired minds.