About 200 high school students from Topeka Public Schools will investigate the skills they need to work at in-demand health science jobs in the region today. “Employers are having difficulty finding staff with the right skills, and that shortage is hindering their ability to serve their clients and customers,” said Junior Achievement of Kansas President Amy Burns. “Skills to Achieve Day is an opportunity to connect students who are at a critical time in their education directly to employers. These students can make important course choices now that will position them for success in the future.”
During the day, Washburn professors will give a brief introduction to the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students will then break up into two groups to see demonstrations from representatives from each sponsor business. At lunch the students will dine with local executives with an opportunity to network and ask questions with Topeka businesspeople. In the afternoon, the students will receive a tour of the Washburn University campus.
"By holding the event at Washburn University, students can learn about the high-quality post-secondary education available in their home community," Burns added.
About Junior Achievement of Kansas Junior Achievement (JA) of Kansas inspires and prepares young people the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. Partnering with the business and educational community, JA of Kansas provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, workforce development and entrepreneurship. The organization serves nearly 28,000 children statewide. Visit www.kansasja.org.