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Nichole Jackson from 3M teaches second grade students at Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria about production during a Junior Achievement session this past school year. (Contributed)

Fifth grade students in School District 206 will be able to participate in a unique Junior Achievement program to learn about entrepreneurship. 

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Junior Achievement is an organization that helps educate students in grades K-12 in financial literacy, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship.

In the spring of 2015, more than 300 District 206 students will create and run their own business at JA BizTown, a kid-sized city within Junior Achievement headquarters in Maplewood.

The goal of JA BizTown is to help students understand their role in the community and local economy and teach them real world skills that prepare them to succeed in school and beyond.

The program begins with in-school classroom lessons and hands-on activities led by local volunteers.

The volunteers support the students’ efforts by sharing their professional insights and work experience and by giving real world applications to the concepts being taught.

These lessons culminate in an interactive experience at JA BizTown.


Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest reached more than 152,000 students in grades K-12 in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and North Dakota this past school year.

The programs were implemented by more than 7,000 volunteers, mostly business professionals, who shared their skills and experience to motivate and inspire students to succeed.

District 206 has 1,200 students that are educated in the Elementary Junior Achievement Program. With the addition of fifth graders, this will increase to 1,500 students in the 2014-2015 school year.

Learn more about the program at www.jaum. org.