Junior Achievement of Arizona (JAAZ) recently celebrated the opening of a new shop, sponsored by technology partners Arizona Technology Council, Avnet, IBM, Microsemi and ON Semiconductor, in its JA BizTown® educational facility.
The shop ribbon cutting ceremony took place Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in JA BizTown at JAAZ’s facility in Tempe. Special guests included representatives from the five partner companies and two JA Students Ambassadors.
“Junior Achievement and the five technology partners are working together to teach young people the importance of an education and how it can have a direct impact on the quality of their adult lives,” said Joyce Richards, president of Junior Achievement of Arizona. “We are extremely pleased to welcome their technology center into our JA BizTown facility to help enlighten the students about technology and show them that this is a high impact, high demand career that will give them a competitive edge in their professional life.”
JA BizTown is an elementary school program for students in grades four through six. The program combines four week in-class learning sessions with a day-long visit to the JA BizTown facility, where students have the opportunity to run banks, manage restaurants, read utility meters, write checks and even vote. It is a fully interactive, true-to-life, simulated town where students learn the fundamental relationship between academics and life beyond school.
The Arizona Technology Center workers will identify and solve the town’s technical problems. Tech sales staff will show customers some technical innovations to everyday products. Students will have the opportunity to play an Atari or Wii game while exploring the past and present technological advances. They can also get an engineering degree in nearby shop, DeVry. Finally, customers can also purchase products exclusive to the Arizona Technology Center.
In addition to its sponsored shop in JA BizTown, each of the partners is providing classroom and experiential volunteers for Junior Achievement programming. Together, the five partners have contributed nearly $50,000 to local JAAZ programming, impacting 1,300 of Arizona’s youth.
About Junior Achievement of Arizona
Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which believes that every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy.
Serving Arizona’s youth since 1957, JA prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to become self sufficient, how to create jobs which make their communities robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.