Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce announce JAG student winners

Hadley Sheffer, Outstanding Senior & Sara Worstell, Executive Director, Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce
Picture provided by Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce

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 (JAG) program and compete each year locally with winners advancing to the State competition.

JAG students compete in 12 different categories either as a class or individually. Competitions are judged by local business representatives and community leaders. Class competitions include: Chapter Marketing Campaign, Project Based Learning Presentations, and Entrepreneurship Plan. Individual competitions include: Cover Design, Career Presentation, Creative Solutions, Critical Thinking, Employability Skills, Financial Literacy, Public Speaking, Writing Skills, and Outstanding Senior.

Students advancing to the State competition on March 13, 2020 include:

Chapter Marketing Campaign:  Vincennes Lincoln High School

Project Based Learning Presentation:  Southridge High School

Entrepreneurship Plan: Southridge High School

Cover Design: Michael Stout, Vincennes Lincoln High School

Career Presentation: Jenifer Najarro, Southridge High School

Creative Solutions: Adrian Ortega, Princeton Community High School

Critical Thinking: Drake McBride, Southridge High School

Employability Skills: Kevin Calderon, Southridge High School

Financial Literacy: Caleb Hochesang, Southridge High School

Public Speaking: Bri Clouse, Vincennes Lincoln High School

Writing Skills: Grace Middleton, Southridge High School

Outstanding Senior: Hadley Sheffer, Princeton Community 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 (DWD). 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.

In Region 11, the JAG program started in the 2007-2008 school year at Vincennes Lincoln High School. It is now offered in eight high schools – Evansville Bosse, Mt. Vernon, Southridge, Vincennes Lincoln, Pike Central, Tell City, Princeton Community and Gibson Southern. 

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.