Capital Region Career Jam April 26-May 28, 2021
Virtual event for 8th & 9th graders, parents & teachers
Launching on April 26th, the Capital Region’s Career Jam is a workforce development event connecting local employers to 8th and 9th grade students in a real-time virtual environment. With hands-on learning activities, it exposes students, families and educators to the skills in demand for promising careers in the region. This year’s event will highlight a broad range of industries, including:
- Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
- Architecture & Construction
- Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
- Business, Management & Administration
- Education & Training
- Government & Public Administration
- Health Sciences
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
“Career Jam is an amazing annual event,” stated Mark Fish, Superintendent of the Greenwich Central School District. “In my 33 years in education, this is one of the best student-centered, experiential activities I have had the pleasure of being involved in. The students value and appreciate the opportunity and the adults representing business and the industry do too.”
Presented with the Junior Achievement (JA) Inspire program, Career Jam is accessible to teachers, students and parents from any electronic device. Teachers and parents from up to 78 school districts and 11 counties have the opportunity to better understand 21st century jobs that are currently in demand in the Capital Region.
Mimicking a live event, it will include a virtual lobby, information booths, an auditorium for presentations, and halls with employer booths and sponsors. Materials can also be saved to a virtual bookbag and emailed to students after the event.
“Curtis Lumber Company, in a joint effort with Saratoga Builders Association, has been leading a Task Force for the past 3 years to help address the nation-wide problem of 7.6 million unfilled jobs in the trades,” said Doug Ford, Vice President of Sales & Purchasing, Curtis Lumber Company, Inc. “Our mission is to encourage young people to consider a career in the construction industry by bringing an awareness to the benefits associated with it. Career Jam provides an excellent platform to reach students. We want them to understand what the trades have to offer in terms of diverse career opportunities, income, stability and less school debt, to name just a few.”
Some of this year’s sponsors include Siemens, Saratoga Builders Association, Curtis Lumber, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the Capital Region Chamber.
For more information, visit career-jam.com