A group of local high school students are launching their own companies through the “Junior Achievement Company Program.” 25 students are meeting once a week at the STEAM Centre and learning how to create, promote and run their own company.
The students have started two companies: “Strength in Strings” which sells handmade bracelets and “Ecological” that offers personal waste-free kits.
Member Services at the St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer Mentor Barry Fitzgerald says that the program is teaching the students valuable skills even if they do not go into business.
Fitzgerald says that he has seen the students grow during the program and learn valuable businesses lessons which included promoting and selling their products at the December Business After 5 meeting.
The 18 week program will run until April.