Students get real world work experience at Junior Achievement Biztown

Students got to work at the grand opening for Junior Achievement's Biztown.

Posted: Nov 30, 2018 10:51 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Friday was the grand opening for Junior Achievement's Biztown, and students got to work. 

The program gives schools a chance to visit the simulated town and students an opportunity to connect to the real world.

Students can learn about finances, their rights as citizens and what it's like to participate in the world of work.

How it works is students choose a career of their interest and are given an appropriate salary and given the task to make a budget.

Kennedy Eads spent the day at Biztown.

She was assigned to be the CEO of IU Health Arnett, and said it's fun to learn what it's like to be older.

"It helps you understand the responsibilities of what you need to know when you're older," Eads said. "Especially with taking on a job, owning a house, owning taxes, doing everyday activities, and paying bills, going to doctors appointments, voting and everything like that."

Rachel Burns is the Director of the West Business Unit of Junior Achievement. She said the program helps to teach the students how a city works, and even what their parents go through every day.

"It is so important when kids, at this age, to teach them about money, I mean they need that at any age," Rachel Burns said. "But here they can actualy see how their money is working by the jobs that they have and earning a paycheck and being prideful of what they're doing."

Biztown is located in the Greater Lafayette YMCA.

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