Cindy Jackson’s Business Principles class

The JA Classroom of the Week is Cindy Jackson’s Business Principles class at Barren County High School. Her class was led by JA Volunteer Chris Houchens who is the Glasgow Sales Manager at Gerald Printing. Chris is a JA Company Program Alum and has been a volunteer for JA since the 1900s. The Junior Achievement program he taught is titled “JA Exploring Economics” and it focuses on teaching concepts such as supply and demand, inflation, and the production and consumption of goods. It also explores how consumers can increase their wealth through different saving and investing options. Chris’ favorite part of volunteering for JA is sharing his experiences in his career and helping to teach the students about something they will use in the “real world.” Over 25 years ago, when he was a sophomore at Barren County High School, he joined the JA Company Program that was assigned to the local radio company. That interaction with JA impacted his entire career path. While working with the radio JA Company Program, he was hired as a “real” part time after school employee, which eventually led to becoming a full time employee of the radio station. He worked there for almost 14 years and became the Operations Manager of their largest market, overseeing 5 stations. While at the radio station during college, the radio/media environment influenced his choice of major at WKU- where he graduated with a major in Advertising and a minor in Marketing. His marketing and media background became the basis of all of his other jobs and in his freelance work; he is even an Adjunct Professor in the Ad Program at WKU. Chris says, “I can connect the dots of my entire professional career back to JA.”