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Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts Announces Bristol County Savings Bank as Title Sponsor of 2017 Titan Business Challenge

PawSox Chairman & Boston Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino to serve as Keynote Speaker

NEW BEDFORD, MA, March 1, 2017 — Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts announces that Bristol County Savings Bank will again act as the Title Sponsor for the 4th Annual JA Titan Business Challenge, a business strategy competition in which over 200 local high school students – from 15 schools across the region – have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on and dynamic learning experience, hear from some of the region’s top business leaders, and compete for important scholarship awards that can help make a higher education possible. The event will take place at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

“We are thrilled and extremely grateful that Bristol County Savings Bank has agreed to partner with us once again for this important event,” said Jeffrey Pelletier, President of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts. “The Titan Business Challenge has become our premiere student event of the year, and is really what JA is all about; educating our students through unique learning opportunities and helping them apply what they learn in the classroom to the workplace. We thank our friends and partners at Bristol County Savings Bank for making this event possible.”

Serving as keynote speaker for this year’s event is Larry Lucchino, Chairman of the Pawtucket Red Sox and President/CEO Emeritus of the Boston Red Sox. “We are deeply grateful to Larry Lucchino for participating in this year’s event,” added Pelletier. “His incredible story of making history with the Red Sox, changing lives through the development of the Red Sox Foundation and running a regional economic driver in the PawSox will be an inspiration and a blueprint for success for all the students in attendance.”

During the Titan Business Challenge, sophomores, juniors and seniors compete for scholarships while gaining essential knowledge about the world of business, at no cost to the students or their high schools. In addition to developing budgets and interpreting financial reports, students can expect to increase their knowledge of pricing, production, capital investments, R&D, marketing and charitable giving.

“The decision to once again be the Title Sponsor for JA’s Titan Business Challenge was an easy one after being involved in the event for the last three years and seeing firsthand the real world learning that takes place by the participating students and schools,” said Patrick J. Murray, Jr., President & CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank and President of the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF). “Our volunteers are looking forward to feeling the electricity in the room again as the students show their creativity and leadership skills as they compete to be the highest ranking business team.” The event’s top teams will win scholarships to the colleges or universities that they choose to attend.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs to students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. This year Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts will impact nearly 5,000 students in over 200 classrooms throughout Bristol and Southern Plymouth Counties.

For more information, please contact Kyleigh Sears at the JA office at 508-997-6536.