JAG Program

Jobs for America’s Graduates, or JAG, is a school-to-career program implemented in 700 high schools, alternative schools, community colleges, and middle schools across the United States and United Kingdom. JAG’s mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or enrollment in a postsecondary institution that will lead to a rewarding career.

JAG & the Region 4 Workforce Board

WorkOne and the Region 4 Workforce Board run the JAG program in eight high schools who are committed to making this program available for their young people. We now have programs in:

  • Lafayette Jeff
  • Peru High School
  • Logansport
  • McCutcheon
  • Twin Lakes
  • Kokomo
  • Oakland (Lafayette)
  • Crawfordsville
  • North Montgomery

How JAG Works

JAG has a long and successful track record of helping students graduate from high school and achieve career goals through a structured internship and classroom curriculum. 37 real-life core competencies are targeted with a high level of student accountability. A unique element of the JAG Program is the inclusion of 12 months of post-graduation mentor follow-up services that increase the likelihood of the graduate continuing his or her education and/or entering the workforce in a quality job leading to a career. Post-graduate services are provided by the JAG teachers and program manager.

The JAG core competencies are the result of considerable experience by specialists, employers’ views on desired worker traits, and job research reviews. The 37 core competencies are grouped into six clusters:

Career Development Competencies

  • Identify occupational interests, aptitudes, and abilities
  • Relate interests, aptitudes, and abilities to appropriate occupations
  • Identify desired lifestyle and relate to selected occupations
  • Develop a career path for a selected occupation
  • Select an immediate job goal
  • Describe the conditions and specifications of the goal job

Job Attainment Competencies

  • Construct a resume
  • Conduct a job search
  • Develop a letter of application
  • Use the telephone to arrange an interview
  • Complete application forms
  • Complete employment tests
  • Complete a job interview

Job Survival Competencies

  • Demonstrate appropriate appearance
  • Identify expectations that employers have of employees
  • Identify problems of new employees
  • Demonstrate time management
  • Follow directions
  • Practice effective human relations
  • Appropriately resign from a job

Basic Skills Competencies

  • Comprehend verbal communications
  • Comprehend written communications
  • Communicate in writing
  • Communicate verbally
  • Perform mathematical calculations

Leadership and Self Development Competencies

  • Comprehend verbal communications
  • Comprehend written communications
  • Communicate in writing
  • Communicate verbally
  • Perform mathematical calculations

Personal Skills Competencies

  • Explain the types of maturity
  • Identify a self-value system and how it affects life
  • Base decisions on values and goals
  • Identify a process of decision making
  • Demonstrate ability to assume responsibility for actions and decisions
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude
  • Develop health self-consent for home, school, and work

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