Junior Achievement Lessons Help High School Students See into the Future

January 07, 2014

Junior Achievement Lessons Help High School Students See into the Future
Gwinnett Tech Recruiters Show Students the Value of Investing in Education

Years before college is a reality for them, North Springs High School students in Sandy Springs are already learning key lessons from Gwinnett Tech staff members.

Sharing financial literacy and money management expertise, Gwinnett Technical College's Robin Remich and Jenny Morse worked with North Springs 9th grade students recently as part of a Junior Achievement of Atlanta project. The topics included budgeting, creating a savings plan, handling credit cards and managing debt.

As the largest organization in the world dedicated to educating K-12 grades about everything from work readiness to financial skills, Junior Achievement of Atlanta allows community members to teach hands-on programs while also sharing their real-world experiences.

The Junior Achievement program encourages students to take pride in themselves, think about their life plans and actively contribute to their community and workforce.

One activity had the students calculate the cost of college attendance and their lifetime earning potential, depending on different degrees. After choosing a career path, students then budgeted for milestones such as getting married, having children and buying a house, all based on their expected salaries.

"[The students] learned that an average high school graduate earns just over $1 million dollars in their lifetime, which I'm sure sounds like a lot to a 15-year-old," explains Gwinnett Tech Director of Recruiting Robin Remich.

But, says Remich, once the students began to factor in the cost of everything from housing to children, "they begin to understand that in order to have the freedom to make various life choices, an investment in education is the necessary beginning."

"[The students realized] that learning a skill and obtaining an education from one of the many options available in Georgia will open a world of possibilities," says Remich.

"Participating in Junior Achievement was an incredibly rewarding experience," says Jenny Morse, a student recruiter at Gwinnett Tech. "The curriculum was relevant and important for the students, and will help them be successful earners, savers and investors throughout their lives."

In addition to the Junior Achievement lesson, Remich was able to introduce students to other services that Gwinnett Tech provides to potential students. The college offers personality assessments, like Myer-Briggs, to help match students with a career that best suits their personality and interests.
Tours and campus visits are also available so students can see first-hand the career programs Gwinnett Tech offers.  

In all, GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.

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