America’s high schools face unprecedented challenges to prepare students for postsecondary education and entry into the U.S. and global workforce – what we more commonly refer to as being college and career ready. As high schools students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Early research efforts on being college and career ready considered each to be its own distinct pathway, however more recent studies suggest the two are inseparable. With an emphasis on being college and career ready, Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future while fostering soft skills that will be essential in the world of work.
Why not start an entrepreneurial venture while in high school? This program dispels entrepreneurship myths, provides tools to develop a business plan, and inspires students to take innovative action to successfully compete in the marketplace.
This program equips today’s students with the soft skills needed to compete for high-demand, high-growth careers in the world marketplace. Students focus on developing the 4Cs—critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity – needed to be successful in the world of work.
Entrepreneurship comes to life as students launch an actual business venture with the help of educators and community volunteers. The multi-dimensional experience infuses online learning, digital tools, contemporary teaching methodology, and trends in business startups. (Classroom-based and after school.)
Students explore basic characteristics of the U.S. economic system and how economic principles influence business decisions. They examine careers, consumer issues, and leadership skills and put into practice data analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking.
Hands-on classroom activities foster lifelong skills and knowledge about how an economy works, including micro-, macro-, personal, and international economics. Students examine the importance of international trade and the effects of inflation.
What is it really like to be in a high-demand job? What does it take to get and keep a job in a competitive job market? What does it take to be successful in the world of work? This classroom and site-based program prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers, gives them an opportunity to practice soft skills, and encourages them to develop personal strategies to pursue lifelong learning and career opportunities.
This individualized program helps students plan for their financial future. They learn how budgeting, saving and investing money, using credit cautiously, and protecting personal finances can secure financial stability.
JA Personal Finance – Blended Model demonstrates the relationship between financial decisions made now and future financial freedom and quality of life. Students learn a positive financial future requires making smart choices about education, career, saving and investing.
This Web-based simulation allows students to operate a virtual company in which success depends on decisions about their product’s price, marketing, R&D, and business practices. Win or lose, students realize how management decisions affect a company’s bottom line.