Associated Credit Union recently cut the ribbon on their educational storefront at the Mike and Lynn Cottrell Junior Achievement Discovery Center at North Georgia.
“We are thrilled to be part of Junior Achievement,” said Mark Waller, COO of associated Credit Union. “Not only will we be helping children learn more about finances and how to prepare for the future, but we will also be greatly impacting the teachers and parents of the communities that we serve in Dawson and Hall counties.”
Junior Achievement provides children with an experiential day of learning, bringing real world concepts to life at their learning level. The JA BizTown simulation teaches sixth graders how to successfully run a business for the day, demonstrating concepts such as marketing a product, applying for a business loan and learning how to measure profit and revenue. The JA Finance Park simulations provides seventh and eighth graders a deep dive into personal finance by having them create a budget and apply for auto and mortgage loans.
With the addition of the North Georgia location, Junior Achievement will now affect more than a third of Georgia’s middle school students. The North Georgia location serves middle school students from Calhoun City schools, Dawson County schools, Forsyth County schools, Gainesville City schools, Hall County schools and Lumpkin County schools.
Associated Credit Union has committed $45,000 over the course of three years to Junior Achievement to continue to grow the partnership. Associated employees will continue to volunteer at both the Gwinnett County Discovery Center and the North Georgia location.
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