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Junior Achievement & Brazosport College hold second-annual JA Inspire event

Junior Achievement & Brazosport College hold second-annual JA Inspire event

Thu Nov 30, 2017

Junior Achievement & Brazosport College hold second-annual JA Inspire event 1

Representatives from CHI St. Luke’s Health-Brazosport talk to students about health careers during the second-annual JA Inspire event recently at Brazosport College.

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Student participants work with a virtual welding machine during a session about welding careers at the second-annual JA Inspire event recently at Brazosport College.

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Glen Ducan of Chevron Phillips Chemical talks to students about industry and manufacturing careers during a session of the JA Inspire event recently at Brazosport College.

Junior Achievement of Brazoria County recently collaborated   with Brazosport College, Chevron Phillips Chemical, HEB Tournament of Champions, Moody National Bank and other local businesses to bring local eighth-grade students an opportunity to explore career endorsement areas. 

More than 450 eighth-grade students from Columbia-Brazoria, Damon and Sweeny ISD’s, as well as Angleton and Brazosport Christian Schools, participated in the JA Inspire event, which provided the chance to participate in a career exploration event that focuses on hands-on, in-depth career study and a tour of the college.

JA Inspire focused on career opportunities, real-world talks and demonstrations from local experts. The event is in response to House Bill 5, which requires students to choose their career path by the spring of their eighth-grade year.  

Businesses need students who are inspired by the opportunities that await them. If students have a chance to learn about the skills and qualifications needed for these opportunities, they can begin to prepare for a successful future. For the past six weeks, the students have been participating in the “JA It’s My Future” curriculum lessons and the capstone of the unit was the hands-on Inspire program.

The day began at 9 a.m. on November 17 at Brazosport College. Guest speakers from Business, Industry & Manufacturing, Public Service and STEM participated in the program. Within these paths were speakers representing a range of careers, including banking, food and natural resources, law enforcement, culinary arts, event planning, hotel management, virtual reality, engineering and construction. Speakers talked to students about their education, their journey in these fields, local opportunities, salary potential and soft skill needs. The students also participated in tours of the campus to see the various training facilities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for these students to hear from practicing professionals about the opportunities that exist,” said Kim Effenberger, president of JA of Brazoria County. “Students will not have to make blind selections of a career path as they select their classes for their freshman year of high school.”

The event was made possible through the support of numerous community businesses and organizations, Effenberger added.

“Chevron Phillips Chemical is pleased to be a part of developing the bright futures of eighth-grade students in the Brazoria County area,” said Wayne McDowell, plant manager at Chevron Phillips Chemical Sweeny/Old Ocean Facilities. “Our hope is that these students will see the great career opportunities in front of them and embrace the many ways they can develop and prepare for what lies ahead. JA Inspire has long been a program that brings a positive impact to budding student leaders and Chevron Phillips Chemical is honored to serve as a leading sponsor.”

Speakers representing BASF, BayStar Group, Brazoria-Galveston County Farm Bureau, Brazosport College, Candlewood Suites, Chevron Phillips Chemical, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Brazosport, Clute Police Department, Dow Chemical, Freeport LNG, Lake Jackson Police Department, Port Freeport, Mammoet, Moody Bank, On The River, OverNite Software, Systran, Inc., TDECU, Texas Gulf Bank and UTMB committed to the one-day event.

Those interested in being part of the event in the future, please contact Kim Effenberger at (979) 549-0800 or jaofbrazoria@sbcglobal.net.