The new facility will double its current outreach to serve 34,000 students annually and allow for a one of kind business incubator for high school students.
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) has remodeled a new headquarters in St. Paul. The new Junior Achievement James R. and Patricia Hemak Experiential Learning Center houses administrative offices and three learning labs:
- Biz Town is a simulated free-market lab where students in grades 4-6 become business leaders, consumers, workers, and citizens for a day.
- Finance Park teaches middle and high school students to build a foundation upon which they can make intelligent financial choices that last a lifetime, including 13 teacher-lead lessons related to income, expenses, savings, and credit.
- Innovation Incubator will inspire high school students to develop entrepreneurial interests, talents and skills. The Innovation Incubator is the first incubator of its kind and students will have access to state-of-the-art technology, including a digital business start-up platform, and the opportunity to learn from local entrepreneurs.
The new facility helps JAUM meet new demands for program expansion, operating needs, technology upgrades, and continue providing programs to local schools at little or no cost. Construction involved the renovation of three floors of the building, including complete new mechanical and electrical systems.