Junior Achievement of Maine will host its 16th Annual Titan Challenge for high school students on Wednesday, March 2. Sponsored by IDEXX, this immersive business competition introduces students to business, entrepreneurship, and soft skill development and provides a real-world simulation that puts students in the CEO seat to run a company. Teams of three students are matched with a business mentor and through rounds of competition, students experience firsthand how an organization evaluates alternatives, makes decisions, analyzes the outcomes of those decisions, and then strategizes what to do next.

The 2022 experience will match nearly 250 high school students with over 80 mentors from organizations across the state. Mentors guide students by sharing their own work and life experience, networking with students, and providing guidance during the rounds of competition. Winning teams include a statewide first and second place team as well as one winning team per location. Members of the top two teams will receive scholarships for post-secondary education generously donated by Machias Savings Bank and MES Foundation. Last year’s overall winning team came from Yarmouth High School.

The event is hosted at seven locations from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 2:
Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor
IDEXX, Westbrook
Machias Savings Bank, Machias
Systems Engineering, Portland
Thomas College, Waterville
Tyler Technologies, Yarmouth
University of Maine, Presque Isle Campus

Tyler Technologies will lead a breakout session about the Maine App Challenge, providing students the opportunity to explore the world of software design and development. Students are encouraged to build a mobile application and submit for a chance at scholarship funding totaling $10,000.

Experiences like this are one of the ways Junior Achievement is tackling workforce development by inspiring and preparing Maine students to be career and life ready.

For a full list of sponsoring companies, please visit our JA Titan page: https://maine.ja.org/events/ja-maine-titan-challenge.

Junior Achievement of Maine (JA) is a youth empowerment organization that connects K-12 students with business volunteers across the state to facilitate hands-on programming about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. Each year, JA 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. Learn more by visiting http://www.jamaine.org.