New JA Program Lets Students Prioritize What is Important in Life

LaRee Siddiqui, director of education and outreach for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, recently shared this story of Bechtel Corporation employee and JA volunteer, Tiger Waddell, in his first time teaching a JA program. Tiger said teaching Junior Achievement was, "most literally, my extreme pleasure. The class is filled with bright and curious kids, just what the future needs."[High-growth career industries predominate. This new program equips today?s students with the skills needed to compete in the world marketplace, specifically developing the 4Cs?critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. ] <http://juniorachievementusa.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/ja-career-success-cover.jpg> High-growth career industries predominate. This new program equips today?s students with the skills needed to compete in the world marketplace, specifically developing the 4Cs?critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.Tiger recently taught the JA Career SuccessTM program at Linganore High School as a part of the partnership between Bechtel Corporation and Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. Upon completion of the program, the teacher and students wrote Tiger thank-you notes. Here are a couple of excerpts. "My students enjoyed having you as a guest presenter. They especially enjoyed working in teams and participating in experiential activities. I think the activities helped the students make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need in their future. My senior students think I tell them things because I am supposed to as their teacher. It was rewarding to me to have you emphasize the same concepts. I think my students may actually believe the things I tell them now." ?Jennifer Radil, Harris Transition Education Coordinator, Linganore High School "Thank you for taking the time out of your day to come and teach my class. I have learned a lot about problem-solving skills and conflict management. I think what I got most out of your lessons is that things in life are often not just yes and no answers. In life, you have to deal with rather sticky situations. I now look at the situation and brainstorm many possible ways to deal with it, and then pick the best solution to this problem. In a similar manner, I also very much enjoyed determining our work priorities with the triangle handout. I think prioritizing what is most important to me in life can help me choose a career that can fit my personality. It is very hard in high school to figure out which career path to take, and I think physically putting down what you want in a career on the triangle has helped me sort out my feelings and opinion about what I really want. Again, thank you for coming in and teaching my classmates and I valuable lessons we can take with us in life." ?Bridget Myers, student, Linganore High School Tiger concluded by saying he wished all of his JA students the best for a dazzling future in which he is sure they will change the world.

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