Students participate in career conference

Students from eight high schools recently participated in the Region 11 Career Development Conference. The students are part of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program and compete each year locally with winners advancing to the state competition.

JAG students compete in 13 different categories either as a class or individually. Competitions are judged by local business representatives and community leaders. Class competitions include Brochure, Commercial, Service Learning Blog and Entrepreneurship Plan. Individual competitions include Cover Design, Writing, Public Speaking, Financial Literacy, Employability Skills, Critical Thinking, Creative Solutions and Career Presentation.

Area students advancing to the state competition on March 15 are:

• Service Learning Blog: Southridge High School JAG team.

• Commercial: Southridge High School JAG team.

• Entrepreneurship Plan: Southridge High School.

• Cover Design: Jaydlyn Goeppner, Pike Central High School.

• Critical Thinking: Jose Gutierrez, Southridge High School.

• Employability Skills: Jeovany Dubon, Southridge High School.

• Financial Literacy: Alexsandra Gonzalez, Southridge High School.

• Writing: Grace Middleton, Southridge High School.

The JAG program provides services to young adults to help them get a high school diploma or equivalent, secure a quality entry-level job or pursue post-secondary education that leads to advancement in their career field.

JAG is a state-based, national non-profit organization within the Indiana Department of Workforce Development).  In DWD’s Region 11, including Vanderburgh, Posey, Pike, Perry, Gibson, Knox, Warrick, Spencer and Dubois counties, the program is administered within the WorkOne system and directed by the region’s Workforce Development Board.

A JAG specialist in each school leads, guides and encourages the students as they participate throughout the school year in a number of classroom activities and projects, including career  presentation, creative solutions, critical thinking, public speaking, writing and financial literacy. In addition to structured activities, the JAG specialists provide counseling, understanding and encouragement.

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