Melanie Swiatek's 8th Grade Class

The JA Classroom of the Week is Melanie Swiatek’s 8th grade class at Moss Middle School. Her class was led by JA Volunteer Stacey Gish who is the Communication Coordinator at the Gordon Ford College of Business. Their Junior Achievement program is titled “JA Career Success” and it focuses on equipping students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees. Students also learn about valuable tools to find that perfect job, including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques. Stacey’s favorite part of volunteering for JA is seeing their “light bulbs” burn bright when they learn a new concept and are able to apply it during one of the activities. She also said, “I enjoy volunteering with JA because I can utilize both my education and workplace experiences with a group of eager students. I know these students will utilize the information they learn in JA inside and outside the classroom because we teach practical, applied skills critical to their academics and future success.”
About Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky (JASCKY)
Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky served 7 counties and reached over 12,300 students during the 2017-2018 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