Junior Achievement program to help students explore career opportunities

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TRURO - Grade 9 students from Colchester County will soon be introduced into the world of money and success.

On April 10, volunteers from local businesses will be entering classrooms as part of the Economics of Success Program.

Sarah Porter is northeast program manager for Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and said Economics of Success helps students explore financial career opportunities.

"Economics of Success is designed to develop a positive attitude towards secondary education," said Porter.

"And is an interactive program that business professionals will come in and help students create a budget, create a resume, just things they would need to apply for while choosing careers."

Six schools have signed on for the program that, depending on class size, will have a number of volunteers. Porter said Grade 9 is the perfect grade for students to engage in future decisions.

"We find Grade 9 is a good year to do this program. They'are thinking of what they want to do. It's a transition period for students," she said.

Some participating schools include Bible Hill Junior High, Central Colchester Junior High and North Colchester High School.

"We try to give them the right information to help with what career path they might have."

Training sessions will be held for the volunteers ahead of time, before they go into the classrooms in the morning, however, it can be tricky to find volunteers said Porter.

"The biggest challenge we have is finding volunteers and ensuring enough volunteers because so many people have only a certain stretch of time," she said.

Porter is hoping for 40 volunteers to participate.

She said Truro is a great spot for volunteers.

"We have had businesses volunteer that I didn't even know about volunteering. It's been an overwhelming experience just to see the commitment and enthusiasm our community has."

The Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization and offers programs through elementary and high school that helps teach students about the world of business, entreprenurship and financial decisions.

 

Organizations: Junior Achievement

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Colchester

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