Help build our future workforce
JA INSPIRE is a coalition of educators and industry leaders led by Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts that consists of four in-class lessons and one powerful annual event designed to:
- Engage students in grades 7–11 to explore education and career pathways
- Showcase careers in our region with a focus on high-wage/high-demand industries
- Connect students with industry representatives who can share career advice and offer interactive exhibits during a career fair
Most students do not have access to learn and explore first-hand Western Massachusetts industries. JA Inspire offers more than 500 students the opportunity to learn about careers from industry representatives in time to begin planning for their high school course work and better prepare themselves for life after high school graduation.
For businesses, higher education, and apprenticeship programs, this is an opportunity to participate in building Western Massachusetts’ future workforce.
JA INSPIRE Curriculum
JA INSPIRE consists of four in-class lessons—three prior to the Career Exploration Fair and one reflection activity afterward.
Session 1: Careers and Personality
Session 2: Industry Research
Session 3: Do You Have the Skills?
JA INSPIRE Career Exploration Fair
The career fair showcases opportunities at local businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and educational organizations. Exhibits include interactive career stations with mentors who share their career advice with students and engage them with equipment, technology and the opportunity to “step into the shoes” of employees from all industries.
Exhibitors include colleges, universities, trade schools, apprenticeship programs, companies, local law enforcement and public safety organizations from throughout Western Massachusetts.
Session 4: Reflection
Students reflect on the JA INSPIRE Career Exploration Fair and activities throughout the program.