ANSWERING THE CALL FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF GREATER FAIRFIELD COUNTY LAUNCHES CAREER EXPLORATION EXPERIENCE BRIDGEPORT, Jan. 27, 2022 – Junior Achievement, a local non-profit organization, is helping regional employers build their future workforce by showing young people exciting career opportunities. Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County today announced JA Inspire Virtual 2022, an online workforce development initiative, giving local middle and high school students the opportunity to learn about local high-growth, high-demand jobs. JA Inspire Virtual launches on February 7 offering students, educators, parents, and jobseekers unlimited access to the platform through August 7. Participants explore virtual company booths, hear from industry professionals, and engage with guest speakers and panelists on careers and industries. Students from more than 50 schools and community organizations participated in 2021. This year, JA is providing expanded opportunities to engage directly with professionals, highlighting specific industries each month. “We are thrilled to bring JA Inspire Virtual to our students for a second year”, said Bernadine Venditto, President of Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County. “It is a proven effective way for young people to start planning for future success in their careers.” “With shortages of qualified workers in so many industries, this is our way of answering the urgent call, from educators, businesses, and elected officials for workforce development resources,” Venditto said. “By highlighting attractive career opportunities early in their education, we are helping to guide young people onto an exciting path to long-term success.” “JA’s Inspire program provides an excellent opportunity for both students and corporations,” said Cosmo Alberico, President and Chief Operating Officer at Odyssey Logistics & Technology. “Businesses can engage with local students, and start to build their next generation of skilled employees.” Odyssey Logistics & Technology is the Presenting Sponsor for JA Inspire Virtual for the second time. Additional top sponsors include Webster Bank, Santa Energy, Aquarion Water Company, and KPMG. More information is at https://jagfc.org/event/ja-inspire-virtual-2022/. About Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County (JAGFC) is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed, through programs which focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. Learning experiences, delivered by corporate and community volunteers, provide essential business and life skills, which empower K-12 students to build their own successful futures and help to boost economic mobility. JA programs are designed to meet the needs of local schools and students, through in-person or remote learning. JAGFC is committed to delivering practical, relevant, and innovative learning experiences that prepare young people to succeed in their careers and to manage their personal finances. About Odyssey Logistics & Technology Odyssey, headquartered in Danbury, CT, is a global logistics solutions provider with a freight network exceeding $3B globally. Odyssey improves its customers’ supply chain performance through a proprietary, predictive global technology platform, an international network of logistics engineering experts and specialized processes that drive quality, safety and sustainability. Its Door-To-Done® approach to complex global logistics helps ensure products are delivered through a safe, secure and environmentally responsible system under the Cloverleaf ESG initiative. In addition to being certified by the American Chemistry Council as a Responsible Care® partner company, Odyssey offers a broad portfolio of services including intermodal, over-the-road trucking, warehousing, global forwarding, managed services and consulting. Serving multifaceted, intricate logistics needs, Odyssey operates in high-barrier-to-entry markets with specialized transportation services that include bulk truck, ISO tank, railcar and tanker and others. Additionally, Odyssey prioritizes giving back to its communities by supporting various organizations, including Project Outreach and Junior Achievement®.