Junior Achievement hosts first ‘JA Inspire’ event giving students a hands-on career experience

SALISBURY, Md. – Many of us when we were younger pictured what we wanted to be when we grew up. On Tuesday, Eastern Shore Junior Achievement made those dreams a reality.

The non-profit had their first ever JA Inspire event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center hosting over 1,200 students.

There were 95 exhibitors showcasing different types of careers and opportunities across the shore.

It gave students a hands-on experience working on different scenarios like a mock emergency room and flight simulators. We’re told Junior Achievement partnered up with employers to focus on the skills gap that students may have and give them insight on a potential career.

JA President, Jayme Hayes tells 47 ABC, “Where do we identify the best place to put this program? 8th grade before they get into high school, before they pick their course work and they have an opportunity to take high school and make something of it and have an end game in sight.”

This year, it was just Wicomico County Public Schools.

But they aren’t stopping there. For next year, they plan to invite all six counties: Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester County.

JA Inspire will double their vendors and they say they are expecting over 4,000 students.

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