CFISD eighth grade students learn about careers through JA Inspire

March 6, 2020

Capt. Daniel Arizpe, public information officer for the Cy-Fair Fire Department and a Cypress Springs High School graduate, presents at Dean Middle School during JA Inspire. More than 180 volunteers spoke to CFISD eighth grade students for JA Inspire throughout the month of February. Capt. Daniel Arizpe, public information officer for the Cy-Fair Fire Department and a Cypress Springs High School graduate, presents at Dean Middle School during JA Inspire. More than 180 volunteers spoke to CFISD eighth grade students for JA Inspire throughout the month of February.

March 6, 2020—Eighth grade students at all 18 CFISD middle schools learned about potential careers and opportunities during Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas (JASET)’s job awareness day, JA Inspire, held throughout the month of February.

This year, more than 180 volunteers representing careers and opportunities in the four high school endorsement tracks (STEM, business and industry, public services and arts and humanities) spoke at each individual campus’s JA Inspire Day. In previous years, the event was held at the Berry Center over three days.

Verna Noack, Reach Unlimited community relations manager, speaks to eighth grade students at Truitt Middle School for JA Inspire. Each CFISD middle school campus hosted its own JA Inspire Day. Verna Noack, Reach Unlimited community relations manager, speaks to eighth grade students at Truitt Middle School for JA Inspire. Each CFISD middle school campus hosted its own JA Inspire Day.

Eighth grade students heard from a total of four speakers, who shared insights into their specific careers. Volunteers were asked to give 15-minutes presentations and students were encouraged to ask questions after.

“The new format, using the JA Career Speaker Series materials, allowed for much closer interaction between the students and the volunteers, which created more meaningful connections for both,” said Jennifer Anderson, executive vice president of JASET. “The district did an incredible job recruiting dedicated, passionate speakers and I was blown away by how well the program went for its first year. The overall impact for the students was hugely positive and we are looking forward to working with the district for next year’s event and have an even more successful partnership.”

Peter Caldwell, a landscape architect, speaks to eighth grade students at Bleyl Middle School during JA Inspire. Volunteers shared about their careers in the four high school endorsement tracks (STEM, business and industry, public services and arts and humanities). Peter Caldwell, a landscape architect, speaks to eighth grade students at Bleyl Middle School during JA Inspire. Volunteers shared about their careers in the four high school endorsement tracks (STEM, business and industry, public services and arts and humanities).

The wide range of speakers included Alissa LaVergne, a Radio City Rockette; State Rep. Jon Rosenthal, Texas District 135; Sonal Tuljapurkar, a stem cell researcher; and Cameron Dickey, president and CEO of Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union.

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