Students are “On-the-Job” at Farmers Insurance

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Students roamed the halls of the Farmers Insurance Group® complex Wednesday, November 16, as part of a “on-the-job” program that brings together East Kentwood High School students and Farmers agents and employees. The program, JA Job Shadow, is provided by Junior Achievement (JA) of the Michigan Great Lakes and is one of the many JA programs that Farmers is proud to support.

Students roamed the halls of the Farmers Insurance Group® complex Wednesday, November 16, as part of a “on-the-job” program that brings together East Kentwood High School students and Farmers agents and employees. The program, JA Job Shadow, is provided by Junior Achievement (JA) of the Michigan Great Lakes and is one of the many JA programs that Farmers is proud to support.

“Farmers Insurance Group has been a long standing supporter of JA in West Michigan and is the 2011-2012 Junior Achievement West Michigan Financial Literacy sponsor,” says Steve Boshoven, president of Farmers specialty. “Farmers is involved in supporting numerous JA educational programs including the JA Job Shadow event.”

The JA Job Shadow program is designed to teach the students about jobs and careers in a global economy.

The one day program consisted of:

  •     Presentations by Farmers executives discussing Farmers role in the industry and types of jobs that Farmers has available.
  •     Introduction into the Farmers claims department and agency development.
  •     Tours of the new facility and overview of marketing practices.
  •     University of Farmers; tours, claims training and ServicePoint® overview.
  •     Snacks, lunch and take home pieces provided to students.

“The JA Job Shadow program is a great opportunity for students to get a look at the professional world within a growing company in West Michigan,” says Bill Walrath, Farmers Michigan state executive director. “Farmers culture is based on education and growth, so JA programs are a perfect outlet for us to contribute to the community and local schools.”

Farmers is also involved in many other JA events including, sponsoring Financial Literacy, JA in a Day, JA Titan Business Challenge and the JA West Michigan Business Hall of Fame. Farmers/Foremost has been a supporter of JA for nearly 60 years and is a recipient of the JA Spirit of Achievement award and is a JA Giving, Fundraising and Volunteer Champion.
“We have been involved with Junior Achievement in West Michigan for many years and it is truly a rewarding experience for our organization,” says Karen Ricketts, zone executive director. “Now with the construction of Farmers’ new facility we can offer even more job opportunities for future youth.”

For information about opportunities with Farmers, visit http://www.Farmers.com/careers.

A part of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, Foremost Insurance Group ("Foremost") has been a leader in personal lines insurance since 1952. Foremost® is headquartered in Caledonia, Michigan. Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For information about Farmers, visit http://www.Farmers.com or our facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FarmersInsurance

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes is a strong local area office of JA Worldwide, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. The organization offers programs to help prepare young people in West Michigan – including the Lakeshore, Lansing and Northern Michigan – for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. Visit http://www.westmichigan.ja.org for more information.

Contact:        
Renee Kolzow
(616) 956-4669
renee(dot)kolzow(at)farmersinsurance(dot)com

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