The Osceola County School Board at its Tuesday meeting finalized and approved its agreement with Junior Achievement of Central Florida (JACF) to provide the Junior Achievement Inspire Program, which will feature a massive event today at Osceola Heritage Park, with 4000 8th graders attending.

It’s part of the school district’s Academic Success strategic goal — “to ensure high-quality, equitable, standards-based instruction for each student in every classroom, every content area, every day.”

JA Inspire is an interactive career exploration program for all eighth-grade students attending an Osceola County public school. The event today will take place at Osceola Heritage Park from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. JACF will provide bus transportation for students from school to OHP and back at no cost to the school district.

Over the course of the day JA Inspire will create an experience that will connect 58 employers and approximately 4,000 eighth graders from throughout Osceola County. The students will have opportunities to learn about local professions and industries such as advanced manufacturing, business and professional services, construction and engineering, hospitality, arts and entertainment, healthcare, trade and logistics in order to empower them to better plan for their future education and careers; it’s all about enhancing personal success.

There will be follow-up instructional videos and JA Inspire workbooks the students will follow up with in their classrooms.

JA Inspire supports the school district in its efforts to ensure eighth grade students meet the requirements of the Middle School Career and Education Planning Course that went into effect July 1, 2019 as a priority of the Florida Legislature and Florida Department of Education.