Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas Celebrates Expansion of JA BizTown® with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Youth Financial Literacy Nonprofit Honors Premier Business Leaders for Contributions to Interactive Educational Program

Charlotte, NC, December 18, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC), a premier organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing the state’s youth for the future, held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the expansion of JA BizTown in their Charlotte headquarters on Dec. 1. JA BizTown’s newest additions include Sunbelt Rentals, UTC Areospace Systems, Novant Health and Chick-fil-A. The event also showcased additional upgrades provided by Woodforest National Bank and American Airlines/US Airways. These partnerships represent the growth of JA BizTown as a hands-on experience in preparing students for the workforce, particularly in local industries.

JA BizTown, presented by Snyder’s-Lance, Inc., is a fully interactive, simulated town that gives elementary school students the opportunity to learn real-world business skills such as operating a bank, managing a business and maintaining personal accounts through teamwork and problem solving.

The event was attended by Sarah Cherne, president and CEO of JACC, Steve Gress, vice-chair of the JACC board of directors, Ann Clark, deputy superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Rod Nease, regional vice president of Sunbelt Rentals, Jesse Cureton, chief consumer officer of Novant Health, Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, and Sandi Lee, vice president of communications for UTC Aerospace Systems.

“We are so excited to continue growing JA BizTown, further enhancing the program experience for more than 10,000 local students annually, and ensuring we provide a diversified selection of local industries students experience firsthand through participation in the program,” said Cherne. “We are thrilled to celebrate each of these new partnerships, and plan to continue to growing JA BizTown to reach as many North and South Carolina students as possible.”

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Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to providing young people in grades K through 12 with the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for the future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC), headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, operates offices in Asheville, North Carolina, and Rock Hill, South Carolina, and serves more than 33,000 students annually through its hands-on and experiential educational programs. Delivered by corporate and community volunteers, JA programs provide relevant, engaging experiences that educate and empower students in the areas of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit http://www.jacarolinas.org/.
Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas
Ashley Warren