By Jensen, Randy on May 1, 2020.
For The Herald
Junior Achievement (JA) Southern Alberta is offering access to its digital campus to volunteers, donors, parents and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. JA Digital Campus is an online, self-directed and teacher-led program available for students in Grades 3 to 10.
“We know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for educators, parents and students. JA Southern Alberta is proud to offer this innovative online programming that will improve financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills that students need to thrive in their future careers, despite the challenges we face with COVID-19 and the downturn in our global economy,” said Melissa From, CEO of JA Southern Alberta.
JA’s Digital Campus programming is aligned with Alberta’s curriculum and learner outcomes for all grades. Online access provides students with an opportunity to engage in JA programming, while social distancing and following public health orders.
“At JA Southern Alberta, we pride ourselves on being innovative and nimble. We will continue to ensure our programming responds swiftly to the changing needs of educators, parents and students, and are committed to supporting our community, especially during this time of uncertainty,” said From.
The investment in online learning from JA Southern Alberta will improve student access to resources focused on basic economics, personal finance and career planning.
“As a Calgary-based businessperson, I have seen firsthand the impact that the economic downturn coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the business community in southern Alberta, and our entire province. As someone who sees every day how valuable strong financial and economic literacy skills are in young professionals, I am pleased that our organization can offer such supports to prepare students to succeed in their future careers,” said Tracy Johnson, board chair for JA Southern Alberta.