Through the goodwill of a handful of local entrepreneurs, Junior Achievement of Chattanooga opened its doors in 1960, in an effort to help students understand the basics of economics. At one time, Junior Achievement of Chattanooga was located on Dodds Avenue and served only High School students after school.
The “Company Program” benefited High School students with the entrepreneurial spirit, and is fondly associated with Junior Achievement. Over the years it became apparent to Junior Achievement the importance of educating students about the value of their education and obtaining a high school diploma. Too many students were dropping out of school during their freshman year, and by the time they could participate in Junior Achievement, it was too late to change their minds to stay in school.
Thus, Junior Achievement conducted tests that revealed students make up their mind in the 4th or 5th grade – whether or not to drop out of school. Needless to say, this was a shocking revelation, and Junior Achievement adapted to take on this challenge.
Today, Junior Achievement serves students by providing a series of sequential economic education programs, spanning Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. As Junior Achievement’s programs grew, we expanded our service area to include two Tennessee counties (Hamilton & Marion) and two North Georgia counties (Catoosa & Walker).
With time, Junior Achievement moved from the Dodds Avenue located and relocated to the Osborne Office Park adjacent to Eastgate Town Center. Our office is more centrally located and helps us to provide our programs to schools throughout Chattanooga and North Georgia.