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University of Phoenix shop open for biz-ness!

New JA BizTown® shop brings college experience to life for Maryland students

University of Phoenix shop open for biz-ness!

A group of elementary students just got a sneak peek into college. On March 15, University of Phoenix opened the new BizTown shop in Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s (JA) headquarters. JA BizTown® is a 10,000-square-foot “city,” complete with its own micro-economy. The shop gives fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders the opportunity to experience college firsthand. Students from 80 local schools across Maryland have the chance to “enroll” in college, participate in an education program and earn a certificate of completion. Students who complete the certificate program earn extra income in the “city,” demonstrating the link between education and economic success.

“Through JA BizTown, children learn important lessons about finance, leadership and responsibility, and with the addition of the University of Phoenix shop, they can now also learn about the college environment,” said Maryland Campus Director Josh Chumley.

Students can also experience what it’s like to run a university by taking on the roles of chief executive officer, chief financial officer, campus director, academic advisor, enrollment advisor and financial advisor.

The new BizTown shop is an exciting addition to the University’s partnership with Junior Achievement. JA teaches work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills to 4 million students nationwide. University of Phoenix has partnered with Junior Achievement since 1994 and in 2011 was named JA of Arizona’s Corporate Partner of the Year. Volunteerism, in-kind donations and sponsorships support many of JA’s signature programs, including JA You’re Hired! and JA Finance Park. University of Phoenix is also committed to supporting the adults who make the JA programs possible, and will award 15 full-tuition scholarships to Junior Achievement staff, adult volunteers or teachers later this year.

JA BizTown is a registered trademark of JA Worldwide.

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