Jobs For Georgia Graduates
Sanders winner in state JGG event
by Rebecca Leftwich
Participants in the Jobs for Georgia Graduates Program competition were recognized at the organization’s recent State Awards Luncheon, where Newnan High School senior Alona Sanders was honored as a state winner in the Decision Making Category.
NHS sent several competitors to the state event in early March, where students who finished first or second at February’s regionals competed against participants from nine other high schools. Competing alongside Sanders at state were Darius White, Chiara Carter and Kaelin Bridges, Team Problem Solving; and Tiffany Meadows, Outstanding Leadership.
In JGG’s annual student competition, seniors are given the opportunity to compete in public speaking, decision-making skills, creative problem solving, employability skills, outstanding leadership, outstanding chapter manual and outstanding chapter activity. In addition, students in grades 9-11 are given the opportunity to complete a career manual for competition. The students are required to research three careers of their choice and write a 500 word essay.
Jobs for Georgia Graduates is a school-to-work transition program and designed to provide high school students with pre-employment training, work skills, motivational activities and job development. The program provides follow-up services to increase the graduation rate and encourage a successful transition from school to work.
A partnership of local schools, businesses, communities and the Georgia Department of Labor, the JGG collaboration is designed to result in graduates who are productive employees and involved community members. JGG is a state affiliate of the national organization Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), which was founded in 1980 and has reached nearly three-quarters of a million young people in 33 state organizations and more than 825 local program affiliates.
Georgia became a state affiliate in 1987 and JGG has grown steadily since that time. The program currently serves students in 33 high schools across the state as well as Georgia School for the Deaf – the only state school for students with hearing disabilities in the national JAG network.
In 2000, the traditional Senior Program Model was expanded to a Multi-year Program Model, a five-year program providing early vocational assistance and guidance beginning in the ninth grade, at several sites. During the 2012-2013 school year, all JGG sites will convert to the Multi-year Program Model.
JGG classroom curriculum helps students:
• Identify occupational interests, aptitudes, and abilities
• Relate interests, aptitudes, and abilities to appropriate occupations
• Develop a career path for a selected occupation
• Construct a résumé
• Conduct a job search
• Use the telephone to arrange an interview
• Complete a job interview
• Demonstrate appropriate appearance for job interviews, regional competitions, and state conferences
• Learn what employers expect from employees
• Demonstrate team leadership as well as team membership
• Learn to base decisions on personal values and goals
• Prepare and conduct presentations to groups based on type and size of audience.
For more information, visit www.dol.state.ga.us/spotlight/sp_jobs_georgia_grads.htm .