JA Inspire

Johnson High School students participate in a welding workshop at Saint Paul College as part of JA Inspire.

JA Inspire is designed to strengthen competencies and skill levels of high school students through an education-business partnership focused on career development, education, and training. The program provides students with an opportunity to explore in depth one of our state’s six career industries.

Students from Como Park and Johnson High Schools (St. Paul) learned about careers in the financial services and manufacturing industries at separate JA Inspire events. Students interacted with volunteers to learn about careers, discuss skills and education requirements, and participate in career stations. The students also took part in a presentation on soft-skills needed for high demand local jobs, and worked with a volunteer mentor to explore career interests and opportunities within the financial services and manufacturing industries. Como Park High School seniors had an opportunity to visit Wells Fargo’s downtown Minneapolis campus where they presented their case study findings to a panel of bank volunteers, while Johnson High School students participated in hands-on workshops with professors at Saint Paul College.

Through this unique program, students understand the importance of developing critical 21st century skills that will help them succeed in a career and dream about a successful future.


Learn more about JA Inspire

For more information about showcasing your business to tomorrow’s employees or giving your students this experiential learning opportunity, contact your local JA team member or Charie Gill at 651.255.0469 or charie@jaum.org.