The JA Classroom of the Week is Craig Cassady’s 9th grade class at Glasgow High School. His class was led by JA Volunteer Jeff Hinkley who is a JA Alum and the General Manager at HVAC Services, Inc. Their Junior Achievement program is titled “JA Real Jobs, Real World” and it focuses on guiding young people through their career-searching process, from high school, to post-secondary education, to employment. The program supports the Kentucky Department of Education’s Career Cruising program which schools are mandated to implement. The program’s goals are to motivate kids to “stay on the career exploration and training bus” until they reach their ideal job, while helping the region to meet its workforce needs. Jeff’s favorite part of volunteering for JA is interacting with the students and giving back to the community. He also said, “I spent 15 years coaching my kids and their classmates in various sports and it was a great opportunity to give back to the community. With my coaching days behind me, Craig Cassady suggested I try volunteering with the Junior Achievement program. That was a terrific suggestion! Craig has been great to work with over the past 3 years and JA gives you the framework to effectively communicate with the students. Volunteering with Junior Achievement is extremely rewarding.”
About Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky (JASCKY)
Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky served 7 counties and reached over 10,700 students during the 2016-2017 year. Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. For more information on Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky please visit www.jaforkids.com.