Junior Achievement of Maine will host its 14th annual Titan Challenge for high school students on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Sponsored by KeyBank, the business competition pits teams of high school students against each other as they attempt to manage a virtual company in a competitive marketplace. The 2020 event will match nearly 400 high school students with over 120 mentors from local businesses across the state, competing for the ultimate prize of scholarship money.
The event is hosted at seven locations from 8:15 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.:
Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor
IDEXX Laboratories, Westbrook
Machias Savings Bank, Machias – Junior Achievement’s Financial Literacy Sponsor
Systems Engineering, Portland
Thomas College, Waterville
Tyler Technologies, Yarmouth – Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneurial Sponsor
University of Maine, Presque Isle – Leadership Sponsor at this site is MMG Insurance
Tyler Technologies will lead a breakout session asking students to work with their business mentor to identify a fun way to earn spending money this summer by brainstorming mobile app ideas. Students will then be eligible to submit their ideas to the Maine App Challenge for a chance to win an additional scholarship.
Over 120 mentors from 30 different companies will guide students through the rounds of competition, sharing their own work and life experience throughout the day, offering a unique perspective and acting as a resource as students make business decisions in varying economic climates. There will be a regional winning team at each of the seven locations and one statewide winning team. Last year’s overall winning team came from Erskine Academy.
Junior Achievement (JA) is an international organization that teaches students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. Each year, JA of Maine reaches thousands of young Mainers in their classrooms, helping them understand the role of education and work in their lives and preparing them for the future. For 55 years, JA of Maine has been connecting members of the community with K-12 classrooms to help students learn about the world of work from professionals of all backgrounds. In the 2018-2019 academic year, JA of Maine reached nearly 16,000 students across the state. Learn more by visiting .jamaine.org.