JA Assembling Your Career

Junior Achievement is committed to the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning for middle and high school students.  We recognize the need for greater STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and career-readiness programs and strive to be a top resource to youth.  JA has partnered with the Alcoa Foundation to create JA Assembling Your Career - a global curriculum that will bring greater STEM education to middle and high school students.  This alliance - formed by both organizations' passion for building the next generation's leaders - encourages students to think about how their current skills and intrests will serve them in future high-growth, high-demand careers.


The Guide for Volunteers and Teachers and the online tools provide practical information about STEM careers and ways for students to prepare for these high-demand careers while still in school.

Following participation in the supplement, students will be able to:
• Articulate why STEM careers and STEM skills are important to their futures, regardless of where they live now or where they choose to live as an adult.
• Identify two-three STEM fields that they wish to explore beyond these activities.
• Chart a path to get them from where they are now to a STEM career.

JA of the Heartland gratefully acknowledges the Alcoa Foundation for selecting us as a launch site for JA Assembling Your Career.

Jorge Rodriguez, Alcoa Human Resource Manager and JA Board Member, presents Barbara VenHorst,
President of JA of the Heartland, with a $25,000 award from the Alcoa Foundation to launch the new
JA Assembling Your Career STEM program.