JA BizTown

Make It In Maryland

Inspiring the Future of
Maryland Manufacturing

Maryland MEP, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA), is working to collectively educate and inspire the youth of our communities who will become the next generation of manufacturing workers through JA BizTown.

Junior Achievement is a national organization dedicated to educating young people in how to succeed in a global economy. They take a hands-on approach to giving youth the knowledge and skills to make smart academic and economic choices.  

Junior Achievement’s BizTown program provides elementary and middle school students lessons and resources on financial literacy and work and career readiness. This program is a combination of an in-class curriculum in Maryland schools that ends with a culminating hands-on project in a simulated town.

JA BizTown Annual Impacts

JA prepares students for Work and Careers

An Immersive Manufacturing

The U.S. manufacturing industry is faced with a shortage of highly skilled individuals to fill the jobs that our country needs. In fact, by 2028, the U.S. will need to fill more than 4.5 million manufacturing jobs, in part because many Americans don’t realize the incredible and rewarding career opportunities that modern manufacturing offers. 

In response to this, Maryland MEP has undertaken an initiative to ensure that manufacturing is represented in the JA BizTown space, located in Baltimore. The purpose of this space is to help inform and inspire thousands of students by exposing them to advanced technologies, demonstrate the career pathways available in manufacturing and most importantly changing the overall image of manufacturing. 

Within the “Make It In Maryland” BizTown storefront experience, students have the opportunity to take on various occupations such as CEO, CFO, Product Technician, Supply Chain Manager and Quality Control Associate. These occupations give students a multitude of roles and responsibilities from overseeing payroll, budget sheets, and inventory management to machine operation through 3D printing and Virtual Reality simulations.

Partners & Sponsors

Get Involved through Sponsorship Opportunities

For those who are interested in making a difference in the lives of thousands of young individuals, Sponsorship contributions will help enable Maryland MEP to deliver a world-class manufacturing experience for students, parents and educators. All partnership agreements are for a one-year duration.