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Junior Achievement Expands Work-Readiness Program

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10-year-old Erin Douglas and 11-year-old Mohan Kumar from Hopewell Elementary School have big dreams for the future.

"When I grow up, I want to be some sort of biologist," Douglas said.

"I do want to become some type of a computer engineer." added Kumar.

Junior Achievement is helping them reach their goals with its JA Our Nation program.

"Getting to learn more about jobs, and it has helped me a lot with my writing," Kumar said.

The program offers hands-on activities centered around science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM for short. It also guides students on the wide range of careers within these fields.

"Teaching kids about careers has been part of the JA curriculum always," said Junior Achievement of the Heartland president Barbara VenHorst. "And so now we are helping the cause for stem education by continuing that."

JA Our Nation is expanding to 94 schools around the Quad Cities. The project is in partnership with the Alcoa Foundation who, today, gave the program a $25,000 check.

"Hopefully that will reach hundreds if not thousands of students this year," Alcoa Foundation spokesman John Riches said. 

Riches says the money will help not only the students future, but the work force as well. 

"For Alcoa, we've got a big focus on STEM education, and trying to make sure that the work force of the future actually has the skills that we're going to need going forward," he said.     


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