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Michels participates in Junior Achievement

We’re proud of Michels’ reputation for developing creative solutions to complex challenges, but when it comes to unbridled enthusiasm and ingenuity, we can still learn a few things from fifth-graders.

One class was asked to design an advertising campaign for a new product, and came up with a plan for an interactive school bus that had tablets loaded with educational games on the back of each seat. How’s that for visionary thinking?

Michels people have volunteered for the past five years to lead Junior Achievement classes. This year, the five-week Our Nation curriculum was designed to help us share our professional experiences and insights while teaching fifth-graders about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Specifically, we had them design advertisements, identify the types of resources needed to operate a business, categorize in-demand skills, recognize global connections and create resumes. As importantly, we taught them about the wide range of career opportunities in the construction industry, the value of a good work ethic, and the importance of communication, science and math skills.

In turn, we learned that these smart kids love to be challenged and aren’t afraid to share their ideas with everyone. We can’t wait to see what we will teach and learn next year!

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