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6th annual JA Inspire returns, connects Maryland students with various career paths

March 12, 2024 
Javari Burnett

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SALISBURY, Md. – “I don’t really know yet. I just want to try different things,” Ayres said.

Taylor Ayres is a Snow Hill Middle School student and one of nearly 4,200 others from nine counties across Maryland apart of JA Inspire 2024. “We pair them with an in-class curriculum and then bring them to the civic center to learn all sorts of hands-on learning activities,” Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore Sr. Development Manager Erin Williamson said.

“We have 15 different career clusters that are represented from agriculture all the way down to hospitality and tourism. ”

The students a part of the program are all eighth graders, Erin Williamson said it’s the perfect time to get them thinking about the future. “When they go into 9th grade, they start picking their career paths. If they want to take specific courses that align with a certain direction after school, now is the time to get infant of them,” she said.

Lower Shore Workforce Alliance showcased their virtual reality headset, giving students a chance to see what it’s like to work in industries from engineering all the way down to healthcare. We’re told that the goal is to let students know they have options. “We help if people are interested in certain kinds of trainings. Some of the high demand ones are CDL, CNA, and welding,” LSWA Job Placement Coordinator Bonnie Nay said.

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