the fall of 2008, ten Hartford Area Career and Technology Center
(HACTC) Seniors participated in the Junior Achievement (JA) Titan
Program, a seven-week business curriculum and on-line simulation.
Guided by former Kearney National VP, Chet Gadzinsky, students
explored firsthand how their classroom lessons apply in a business
JA Titan is a program designed to help high school students understand
the basic concepts of managing a business by making decisions
about production, pricing, marketing, research and development,
capital investments, and charitable giving. Student teams apply
key theories to their management decisions while operating their
fictional business simulation of hologram generators. Students
began the simulation by making business decisions that competed
against each other, then against students in other schools, culminating
in a regional semi-final event.
HACTC students enjoyed “the fact that it brought aspects
of real life business to our class,” and “learning
about investing in a product.” One Senior noted that JA
Titan prepared them for college and allowed them to further explore
their business interest as a career path. JA Titan participants
agreed that this program should be offered to more students.
The JA Titan program was brought to HACTC through a partnership
between Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership (UVBEP)
and JA of New Hampshire, and a Career Exploration grant from the
Vermont Department of Labor’s Next Generation Fund.