Houston, Texas (December 7, 2016) –Students in Texas are required to select an endorsement track that provides focused curriculum in high school for specific career pathways. JA Inspire, a locally developed program facilitated by Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas and the local business community, is aimed at helping young people select their endorsement track options by giving them access to real companies and potential jobs.
Sponsored by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) and 72 other local employers, JA Inspire brings interactive job awareness to 22,000 local middle grade students from a total of 14 schools districts across ten dates in Houston, Baytown and Cypress.
“It’s really difficult for a middle school student to make an informed decision about their career with limited life experience,” says Richard Franke, President of JA of Southeast Texas, “but JA Inspire gives them examples of careers and career paths so their decisions are based on good data, not a whim.”
During the day, students will hear from speakers and participate in activities designed to provide an in-depth look at careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), business and industry, public service, arts and humanities and multi-disciplinary professions. Whichever path is chosen, each student will learn about the education and preparation needed to reach their goals and pursue the career of their choice.
“By showing young people the wide-variety of opportunities available to them, we hope to expand their potential and possibilities for their future,” said Peter Cella, president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical.
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About Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is the greater Houston area’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network of nearly 13,000 adult role models, JA of Southeast Texas provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12 which focus on entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. Today, JA of Southeast Texas anticipates reaching 315,000 students in more than 950 schools this school year. For more information, visit www.jahouston.org