InVEST Has Two New Sponsors

NU Online News Service, July 18, 12:11p.m. EDT – Zurich North America Foundation and OneBeacon Insurance Group have joined InVEST as two new sponsors of the insurance education and recruitment program.

InVEST, an affiliate of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, based in Alexandria, Va., is an educational program for high school and community college students designed to prepare them for jobs in the insurance industry.

The association said more than 6,000 students are prepared each year for insurance related jobs through the program. About two-thirds go on to pursue jobs within the industry, the association said.

“Our support of InVEST will help expand insurance education in urban areas and open doors to diverse young people who want to explore opportunities in the insurance industry,” Art Alright, diversity officer for Schaumburg, Ill.-based Zurich, said in a statement.

“InVEST offers terrific opportunities to strengthen and perpetuate our industry,” said Carmen Duarte, vice president of corporate communications for Boston-based OneBeacon. “These bright, young InVEST students are very impressive and they help nurture the next generation of successful insurance professionals.”

The new sponsors join A.F. Crisis & Co., LTD; ASI; Bowen Micelle & Brita Inc.; Central Insurance Co.’s; and State Auto Insurance Company Foundation, who have joined as sponsors this year.