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10 Million Reasons for Work and Career Readiness Education
Blog from JA USA

 By Jack E. Kosakowski, President & CEO of Junior Achievement USA

Corporate Responsibility

Recently, and for the first time, the number of job openings in the United States exceeded 10 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) Report. At the same time, there are more than 7 million who are eligible to work but who are...

Inflation, Scarcity, and Teachable Moments
Blog from JA USA

 By Jack E. Kosakowski, President & CEO of Junior Achievement USA

Financial Literacy

Most Americans under the age of 40 are experiencing something they haven’t before; inflation. With the exception of a brief period at the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, inflation has been restrained for nearly four decades. That means prices rising at a pronounced rate in a short amount of time is a new experience for many Millennials and members of Generation...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! JA Volunteer Spotlight - Eduardo Rodriguez

 By Becky Neely

Community Involvement

Eduardo Rodriguez, Assistant Vice President at Woodforest Bank in Magnolia, Texas, was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States in 1995. He has been married to his beautiful wife for 25 years and has two children and a family dog.

Before coming to the United States, he studied International Business Administration at Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila in Torreon,...

Eager Travis High School Student Council remain dedicated JA volunteers in Fort Bend ISD

 By Courtney Azuike

Community Involvement

Travis High School’s Student Council has been an amazing volunteer partner in Fort Bend ISD for the past several years. Just like many high school organization partners last year, volunteering for Junior Achievement was not an option. At the start of the new school year Travis’s Student Council hit the ground running to rebuild their JA partnership with local elementary schools as well as create...

Let’s Start the Show! - JA Hall of Achievement presented by RBC Capital Markets & Enbridge, Inc. to proceed as scheduled.

 By Ryan Purser

Community Involvement

In recognition of three outstanding and exceptional business leaders in our greater Houston community, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is pleased to honor the 2020/2021 JA Hall of Achievement Laureate Class of Mr. Vijay Goradia, Mr. Bobby Tudor, and Ms. Hallie A....

Innovation took center stage during JA Ignite the Spark!

 By Tania Daniel


The JA Company Program kick-off, JA Ignite the Spark! was a roaring success, with over 170 students taking part in the Microsoft Innovation Challenge. This event has limited registration for students this year as we demoed and managed a new Microsoft Teams format, and the responses and reviews have been stellar! Ignite was proudly presented by long-standing JA Board Company Worley and co-presented...

Waltrip High School ninth graders advise CenterPoint Energy on attracting skilled employees in first 3DE case challenge of the year!

 By Matthew Jamison

Corporate Responsibility

Yesterday was a big day for 141 ninth graders at Houston ISD’s Waltrip High School. Five weeks ago, Waltrip’s inaugural 3DE by Junior Achievement case challenge kicked off. Volunteers from CenterPoint Energy presented students with an open-ended question: What exciting and inventive strategies should CenterPoint employ to attract new skilled workers? Students worked in teams of three-five to...

JA Volunteer Spotlight - Catherine Dominic

 By Becky Neely

Community Involvement

Catherine Dominic is a sophomore majoring in Aerospace engineering and pursuing a certificate in Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. She works as the President and Project Manager of UT Austin’s Design Build and Fly, coordinating an unmanned air vehicle design and manufacturing process for the annual AIAA DBF...

Why Work Needs Meaning
Blog from JA USA

 By Jack E. Kosakowski

Corporate Responsibility

Much has been made in recent months about “The Great Resignation,” the tendency of young workers, primarily Millennials and Generation Z, to quit their jobs to pursue higher-paying, higher growth...

The Payoff Behind Time Management
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

From the start of life, we learn how to prioritize daily events. From waking up to dinner time to bedtime, we become accustomed to routines. Time management, or what some may say “personal management,” follows the same guidelines, only we adjust our day to fit the non-routine elements better. While this soft skill benefits children of all ages in their learning, it has the long-term impact of...

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