Career and technology skills for BCPS students to get boost at Wednesday event

OneMain Financial to present $100,000 grant for enhancements

What: BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance and Deborah Phelps, director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, will join with officials from Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and OneMain Financial in accepting a $100,000 check from OneMain Financial to enhance career exploration and technology among BCPS students. The grant will help to expand Junior Achievement’s work readiness skills and career programs in additional BCPS schools as well as support the BCPS S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) program. Guests also will visit Grade 5 classrooms to observe the new JA Our Nation™ program as it is introduced to students.

When: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 15

Where: Franklin Elementary School
33 Cockeysmill Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Background: The OneMain grant will help to fund an expansion of the JA Our Nation™ program in Grade 5 classrooms. Through the program, students receive information about the skills required in careers related to STEM education – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition, the grant funding also will support the establishment of career- and financial literacy-related events for middle and high school students and their families. About a quarter of the funding will go to support S.T.A.T., the school system initiative that is integrating digital technology and learning into the curriculum and the classroom.