Bechtel’s support is providing expansion of Junior Achievement programs, delivering programming to students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience such enrichment programs. Bechtel volunteers from Hanford’s Vitrification Plant are visiting local classrooms to deliver the programs.
“Bechtel’s generous partnership has enabled 4,100 young people in 160 classrooms throughout the Tri-Cities area to receive JA’s essential financial literacy education,” said Tamra Meyer, Junior Achievement’s Statewide Programs Director. “In 2018 alone, Bechtel volunteers delivered Junior Achievement programs to nearly 650 students in 14 schools.”
“We are proud to support our local Junior Achievement and its classroom programs,” explained Valerie McCain, a Bechtel principal vice president and Vitrification Plant project director. “Junior Achievement is a great way to cultivate students’ interest in work readiness, financial success and entrepreneurship.”
Junior Achievement is one of four nonprofits in Bechtel’s global stewardship program, which supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and humanitarian engineering efforts with Foundation gifts and company volunteers. Bechtel has partnered with Junior Achievement entities and chapters in 14 countries.
Each year Junior Achievement reaches more than 10 million students worldwide, helping them develop successful financial management habits, providing entrepreneurship education, and imparting the skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce. JA in Southeastern Washington reaches nearly 12,000 students each school year.