Junior Achievement and Broward College Partner to Bring Youngsters Real-World Skills for Success

Dr. Avis Proctor, John Ray III, J. David Armstrong, Jr.
From left, foreground: Dr. Avis Proctor, Campus President, Broward College North Campus; John Ray, III, Chairman of Junior Achievement of South Florida; J. David Armstrong, Jr., President of Broward College. From left in back row are John Benz, Chair of the Broward College Board of Trustees and Pamela Stephany, Vice Chair of Broward College Board of Trustees.

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – When a partnership really works, the energy, enthusiasm and change it creates can shape lives.

BrowardCollege’s innovative, ongoing partnership with Junior Achievement of South Florida proves that point. Exceeding 10,300 volunteer hours for 2014-15, students fromBrowardCollege’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) have played a crucial role in helping Junior Achievement present financial education and entrepreneurship programming to nearly 50,000 Broward andSouthPalm BeachCounty elementary, middle and high school students this school year.

At the JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College, the hands-on teaching facility located onBrowardCollege’s North Campus in Coconut Creek, teaching and learning are a win/win endeavor. Through the partnership created in 2009, the next generation of teachers inspires elementary and middle-school students to envision possibilities for their future in the world of work.

Students in the College’s TEP program gain field experience and the opportunity to apply their course knowledge, while providing Junior Achievement with high quality, much needed volunteers. As the College’s participation has grown,BrowardCollegework-study students, as well as faculty members and staff have volunteered.

Highlighting the partnership’s positive impacts at a spring meeting of the College’s Board of Directors, Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. presented Junior Achievement of South Florida Chairman John Ray, III, with an award of appreciation for the non-profit organization.

Armstrong recalled the visionary role of the late Melissa Aiello, former president of Junior Achievement of South Florida, in bringing the opportunity forward. “Striving to play a central role in Broward’s community, we quickly recognized this as a great opportunity to bring our students’ talents to bear in a one-of-a-kind setting,” he said. “The results have been tremendous.”

Earlier this year,BrowardCollegebecame the only state college inFlorida, as well as one of the three colleges and universities nationwide, to receive the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award from Junior Achievement USA®, at the Silver level in recognition of its 10,300 volunteer hours for JA’sSouth Floridaaffiliate in 2013-14.

“So many ofBrowardCollege’s students and staff share Junior Achievement’s vision of preparing every child to succeed and understand the world around them,” said Ray, president of Sonitrol of Fort Lauderdale. “With the volunteers’ efforts going strong, the College has surpassed last year’s remarkable total. We deeply appreciate their commitment.”

For information about Junior Achievement of South Florida’s programs and volunteer opportunities, visit www.jasouthflorida.org. For more information about Broward College or Broward College’s Teacher Education Program, contact Angela Nicoletti at 954-201-7939 or anicolet@broward.edu.

About Junior Achievement of South Florida:
Junior Achievement of South Florida was founded locally in 1959 by the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club and served just 373 students during its first year. Programs now span grades K-12, with age-appropriate curricula designed to teach elementary students about their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers and to prepare middle grade and high school students for key economic and workforce issues they will face. Junior Achievement programs reached nearly 50,000 Broward and SouthPalm BeachCountystudents during the 2014-2015 school year. For information visit www.jasouthflorida.org.

About Broward College:
Serving more than 68,000 students annually, BrowardCollegeprovides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners.  For more information, visit www.broward.edu.