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Registering to Vote in Manistee

Four students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Career Readiness program in Manistee visited the local Secretary of State office so they could register to vote. Congratulations to these newly registered voters!


Industrial Arts Institute Welding Competition

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates students from the Char-Em ISD welding program at East Jordan and Pellston High Schools participated in the 2nd Annual Industrial Arts Institute Regional High School Welding Competition in Onaway. The students all gained some great welding experience and each of them received a $500 scholarship to IAI.


Welding Certifications at East Jordan

Nine Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students in the Char-EM ISD Welding Program at East Jordan High School recently passed their welding tests and obtained their welding certifications. Congratulations to all these newly certified welders!


State Representative Visits JMG Students in Traverse City

State Representative Larry Inman visited the TBA Career-Tech Center in Traverse City February 23 to learn about the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program being offered to some of the students there. Northwest Michigan Works! is partnering with the TBAISD to provide JMG to 44 students in the Career-Tech Center's Automotive Technology program. JMG helps young adults graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment by offering mentoring, job readiness and leadership development skills, and work experience.

Representative Inman talked with the students about the importance of skilled trades and high tech jobs. He also discussed future funding for JMG and said he would like to have some of the students come to Lansing to share their stories with the School Aid Education Committee.

Along with the program at TBA, Northwest Michigan Works! also coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center, and  Career Readiness programs at Northwest Michigan Works! in Kalkaska and Manistee.

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a premiere youth opportunity organization on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens. Youth Solutions is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization (jag.org), one of the largest and most successful school-to-work systems in the United States. The JMG model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to help young people achieve education and career goals. For more information on Youth Solutions and its Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming, visit ouryouthsolutions.org. 


Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Meet With Legislators in Lansing

Students from four Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) programs in northern Michigan participated in the JMG Legislative Day February 13 in Lansing. The students are involved with JMG programs in the Char-Em ISD, the Traverse Bay Area (TBA) ISD Career-Tech Center, the Wexford-Missaukee Career-Tech Center, and a Career Readiness program at Northwest Michigan Works! in Manistee. The seven students met with eight different legislators or staff members. The topics they discussed included the importance of the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program, the need for Career & Technical Education Centers, and bridging the gap of skilled trade workers. 

The Char-Em ISD students attending the Legislative Day were Kaylee Cochran from East Jordan and Callie Keiser from Pellston, both seniors in the ISD’s Welding program. The TBA students attending were juniors, Dylan Bertram and Reece O’Donnell. Both attend Traverse City West High School and are in the TBA Career-Tech Center’s Automotive Technology program. Wexford-Missaukee CTC students attending the event were Lake City junior Justina Russell, who is in the CTC’s Hospitality, Retailing, and Entrepreneurship program; and Cadillac Junior Maggie Staub from the CTC’s Agriscience program. James Schoedel, a GED student from the Manistee Career Readiness program also attended the event.

While they were in Lansing the students met with Senator Wayne Schmidt and Senator Darwin Booher’s staff. The students also met with Representatives Lee Chatfield, Tristan Cole, Michelle Hoitenga, Larry Inman, Daire Rendon, and Curt Vanderwall.

Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center, the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center, and a Career Readiness program at Northwest Michigan Works! in Manistee.

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a premiere youth opportunity organization on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens. Youth Solutions is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization (jag.org), one of the largest and most successful school-to-work systems in the United States. The JMG model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to help young people achieve education and career goals. For more information on Youth Solutions and its Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming, visit ouryouthsolutions.org. 


Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Attend National Leadership Event

Three students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Student Leadership Academy November 29 – December 1 in Washington D.C. The event attracted over 850 students from around the country. The northern Michigan students attending the Leadership Academy were Jordan Leusby, a senior from Kingsley in the Automotive Technology Program at the TBAISD Career-Tech Center; Jared Piechan, a senior from East Jordan in the Welding Program at Char-Em ISD CTE; and Olivia Emond, a senior from Lake City in the Hospitality, Retail and Entrepreneurship Program at Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.  

While they were in Washington, the three students participated in a variety of leadership sessions, attended employability skills workshops, networked with students from other states, and attended the Leadership Awards Luncheon which included a keynote speech by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant who is also the Jobs for America’s Graduates Chairman. The students also toured monuments and museums and had the rare opportunity to tour Arlington National Cemetery and participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The students were joined on the trip by Dana Venhuizen, JMG Specialist TBAISD/CTC; Aaron Sue Meyer, JMG Specialist Char-EM ISD/CTE; and Joe Parent, Job Developer, Northwest Michigan Works!.

Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center, the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center, and a JMG Career Readiness program in Manistee.

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a premiere youth opportunity organization on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens. Youth Solutions is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization (jag.org), one of the largest and most successful school-to-work systems in the United States. The JMG model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to help young people achieve education and career goals.
For more information on Youth Solutions and its Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming, visit ouryouthsolutions.org. 

 


JMG Students Learn About Career Opportunities in Manistee

Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) Career Readiness program in Manistee went on a Talent Tour at Armor Sign Studio where they learned about local career opportunities. Amor Sign Studio designs, fabricates, and installs signs throughout the state of Michigan. Their products include awnings, lighted business signs, roadside lighted signs, LED and neon. The facility uses computer-aided design, 3-D printing, vinyl printing, industrial sewing, welding, and fabrication. Armor Sign owner, Tom Amor, Jr., provided information and a video regarding multiple training opportunities at the facility. Image Consultant, Tom Baker, took the young adults on a tour of the workshop.  He described his own career at Amor Sign from high school to the present and encouraged all the participants to apply for jobs. JMG Specialist, Cheryl Wolfram, also talked with the students about On-the-Job training, apprenticeships, and the need to complete the GED for opportunities at Armor Sign.

The JMG Career Readiness program in Manistee is being offered in collaboration with the Northwest Michigan Works! Adult Education Learning Lab and provides career preparation, volunteer opportunities, and job training and placement assistance for GED students 17 to 24 years old. Along with the program in Manistee, Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center, and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a premiere youth opportunity organization on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens. Youth Solutions is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization (jag.org), one of the largest and most successful school-to-work systems in the United States. The JMG model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to help young people achieve education and career goals. For more information on Youth Solutions and its Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming, visit ouryouthsolutions.org. 


 

JMG Students Participate in Career Conference

Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in Northwest Lower Michigan participated in the annual JMG Career Association Conference in Lansing.  A total of seven students from the region’s three Intermediate School Districts joined 100 other JMG students from around the state to learn about leadership development and bringing new ideas to the classroom.

The students participated in breakout sessions where they discussed having career associations in their classes that would help plan and coordinate talent tours, employer visits, and community service events.  Students also had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers that included other JMG students and a representative from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center, the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center, and a JMG Career Readiness program in Manistee.

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a premiere youth opportunity organization on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens. Youth Solutions is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization (jag.org), one of the largest and most successful school-to-work systems in the United States. The JMG model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to help young people achieve education and career goals. For more information on Youth Solutions and its Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming, visit ouryouthsolutions.org. 


JMG Students Learn About Skills Local Employers are Looking For

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates students in the Automotive Technology program at the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center learned about local jobs during a Careers in Energy Week presentation at the Tech Center. Representatives from Cherryland Electric talked with the students about careers in the energy field and the soft skills all employers are looking for. Watch the video to find out more.

 

 


JMG Career Readiness Program Underway in Manistee
 

A special Initiation and Installation Ceremony was held to formally kick-off the new Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) Career Readiness program in Manistee. The program is being offered in collaboration with the Northwest Michigan Works! Adult Education Learning Lab and provides career preparation, volunteer opportunities, and job training and placement assistance for GED students 17 to 24 years old. 

The JMG Career Readiness program is available to young adults who are serious about completing a GED and finding gainful employment.  The program meets weekly on Mondays at the Manistee Northwest Michigan Works Center, 1660 US 31 South. There is no charge to participate in the program and participants may enroll at any time.

For information about the JMG Career Readiness program in Manistee, contact Cheryl Wolfram at cheryl.wolfram@networksnorthwest.org or 231-620-5275.

Along with the program in Manistee, Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center, and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a premiere youth opportunity organization on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens. Youth Solutions is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization (jag.org), one of the largest and most successful school-to-work systems in the United States. The JMG model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to help young people achieve education and career goals. For more information on Youth Solutions and its Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming, visit ouryouthsolutions.org.

 


Work Experience Program Leads to Full-time Jobs for JMG Students
 

Work experience opportunities led to full-time jobs for two local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students. Ryan LaVanway and Jared Piechan were connected with local employers through JMG, which is offered to students in the Char-Em ISD’s Welding program at East Jordan and Pellston High Schools.

LaVanway, a recent East Jordan graduate, plans to attend Ferris State University and study Plastic Engineering. He was looking for a work experience opportunity in his chosen field. With help from JMG Specialist, Aaron Sue Meyer, he found that opportunity at A.L.P., a plastics manufacturing company in Charlevoix. At the end of the work experience program, A.L.P. decided to keep Ryan on their payroll for the rest of the summer in the Plastic Engineering Department. They have also discussed having him back next summer as an intern after he completes a year of college.

"Aaron Sue and JMG connected me with industries involving my future career, which served as a huge stepping stone for bigger and better opportunities,” said LaVanway. “Thanks again for all your help and support!"

When Jared Piechan completed his welding work experience at DCL, a Charlevoix manufacturing company, he was also offered a full-time position. The company plans to keep him working part-time when he returns to East Jordan High School in the fall for his senior year.

"Without the help of Aaron Sue and the JMG program, I would have never had the chance to get the welding experience so early on in my life,” said Piechan. “Getting a job doing what I like so much would never have happened without the help of JMG." 

“The goal for these students placed on work experiences was to get them exposed and experienced in a "real world" level of work and assist them with their future goals,” said Meyer. “We had great companies to collaborate with to help fill the skilled trades gap and support our students with their goals.” 

JMG helps Michigan's young adults graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center, and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.

 

 

 

Local JMG Program Receives National Recognition
 

The Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan has received national recognition for the second year in a row. The program, coordinated in the region by Northwest Michigan Works!, is one of just 10 JMG programs in the state to receive a 5-of-5 Award from the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Board of Directors.


The 5-of-5 Award recognizes JMG programs that meet or exceed national standards in five categories measuring student success, including graduation rate, further education rate, and job placements. JMG helps Michigan's young adults graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center, and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a premiere youth opportunity organization on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens. Youth Solutions is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization (jag.org), one of the largest and most successful school-to-work systems in the United States. The JMG model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to keep young people in school through graduation and improve the rate of success in achieving education and career goals. For more information on Youth Solutions and its Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming, visit ouryouthsolutions.org

 


JMG Students Learn About Starting a Small Business

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students in the Char-Em ISD’s welding program at East Jordan High School had the chance to learn how to start a small business. Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Consultant, Kathleen Bagley, visited the welding class to talk with the students about the steps to starting up a small business and a variety of information related to the process.

Northwest Michigan Works! and the Char-Em ISD Career and Technical Education Program are partnering to provide the JMG program to students in Char-Em’s welding program at East Jordan and Pellston. A JMG Specialist provides mentoring, job readiness and leadership development skills, connections to work experience, and brings in guest speakers like Bagley to talk with the students.

The statewide JMG program helps Michigan's young adults graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. Along with the program at the Char-Em ISD, Northwest Michigan Works! also coordinates JMG programs at the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.

 


Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Win Awards at Statewide Conference

 

Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in Northwest Lower Michigan won two events at the statewide JMG Career Development Conference in Lansing. A total of nine students from the region’s three Intermediate School Districts attended the event and competed in creative problem solving, interviewing skills, public speaking, and product marketing. Jasmine Tipton finished in first place in the Interviewing Skills competition, and the team of Olivia Emond, Olivia Woods, and Mercedez Hesling took top honors in Product Marketing. Tipton is a student at the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center, and Emond, Woods, and Hesling are students at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center. Students from the Char-Em ISD also competed at the event.

Over 200 students from around the state took part in the Career Development Conference. Along with competing, the students had the opportunity to network with other JMG students and hear a keynote presentation by Byron Garrett, the Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance. The northern Michigan students also got to meet with Representative Larry Inman and Senator Darwin Booher.

Students were accompanied by Wexford-Missaukee ISD Youth Career Technical Education Placement Advisor, LeAnne Bush; Char-Em ISD JMG Specialist Aaron Sue Meyer; and TBAISD Career Prep Specialist and JMG Manager, Dana Venhuizen.

The statewide Jobs for Michigan's Graduates program helps Michigan's young adults graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.

 

 


JMG Students Tour Three Local Businesses

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students in the Char-Em ISD’s Welding Program at Pellson had the opportunity to go on Talent Tours at  Bay Shore Steel, Industrial Magnetics, and Jervis Webb. The students were able to see what each company produces, how each of them operates, and what the welding industry looks like at each company.


 

 


JMG Students Bring Home Scholarships From Welding Competition

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students from two northern Michigan high schools came home with scholarships after participating in a welding competition April 21 in Onaway. All of the students are involved with JMG through the Char-Em ISD Career and Technical Education Welding program at East Jordan and Pellston. East Jordan Junior, Jared Piechan, placed third in Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) and won a $500 scholarship to the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) in Onaway. Piechan’s future goal is to become an underwater welder. He was also the CTE student of the month for March at East Jordan Public Schools. 

Six other East Jordan students and seven from Pellston also took part in the IAI Regional High School Welding Competition, which attracted 56 students from nine northern Michigan high schools. Students competed in 3 events, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).  Each of the competitors received IAI scholarships. The IAI was founded by Moran Iron Works owner, Tom Moran, and offers premier comprehensive trade programs that prepare students for skilled trades careers.

The statewide Jobs for Michigan's Graduates program helps Michigan's young adults graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.

 


Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Tour Industrial Arts Institute

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students in the Char-Em ISD’s Welding Program at East Jordan had the opportunity go on Talent Tours at Moran Iron Works and the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway. Along with touring both facilities, the 14 students were able to bring their welding gear and participate in demonstrations with the staff at the Industrial Arts Institute.

Moran Iron Works is a national leader in custom steel fabrication, specializing in one-of-a-kind fabrication and conversion. The Industrial Arts Institute offers premier comprehensive trade programs that prepare students for skilled trades careers.

JMG is a statewide initiative to help increase graduation rates and also help students make a successful transition into post-secondary education and/or employment opportunities. JMG offers mentoring, job readiness and leadership development skills, and work experience to high school students.

Northwest Michigan Works! and the Char-Em ISD Career and Technical Education Program are partnering to provide the Job’s for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program to students in Char-Em’s welding program at East Jordan and Pellston.

Along with the partnership with the Char-Em ISD, Northwest Michigan Works also coordinates JMG programs at the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center and the Wexford-Missaukee ISD Career Tech Center.

 


Jobs for Michigan's Graduates Kicks Off in Char-Em ISD

A special Initiation and Installation Ceremony was held to formally kick off the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program for students in the Char-Em ISD Career and Technical Education Welding Program at East Jordan and Pellston. Northwest Michigan Works and the ISD are partnering to provide the JMG program which is a statewide initiative to help increase graduation rates and also help students make a successful transition into post-secondary education and/or employment opportunities. JMG offers mentoring, job readiness and leadership development skills, and connections to work experience.

“Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates has its own curriculum and competencies which goes along with what they’re doing here in welding,” said JMG Specialist, Aaron Sue Meyer. “But I’m going to focus more on soft skills and employment and making sure that we can overcome any of those barriers to their career paths or goals.”

The ISD’s Director of Career and Technical Education, Jim Rummer, says the connection to local employers provided through JMG is especially important because due to budget cuts they no longer have school to work coordinators on staff.

”We can provide the technical skill training to our students but it’s been really hard for us bridge that gap to the workplace,” said Rummer. “For us to have this JMG Specialist to connect our welding program to these workplaces is a godsend for us.”

In the year after they graduate the JMG students will also receive assistance with things like job search and post-secondary education enrollment.

Along with the partnership with the Char-Em ISD, Northwest Michigan Works also coordinates JMG programs at the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center and the Wexford-Missaukee ISD Career Tech Center.

Jobs for Michgan's Graduates students in the Char-Em ISD Career and Technical
Education Welding Program at East Jordan

Jobs for Michgan's Graduates students in the Char-Em ISD Career and Technical
Education Welding Program at Pellston

 


Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Attend Legislative Day in Lansing

Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program at two northern Michigan Career-Tech Centers participated in the JMG Legislative Day February 14 in Lansing. Three students from the Traverse Bay Area (TBA) ISD Career-Tech Center and three students from the Wexford-Missaukee Career-Tech Center attended the event along with about 70 other JMG students from around the state.

The TBA students who attended the Legislative Day were Garren Doerr, a junior from Traverse City; Ryan Memberto, a senior from Suttons Bay: and Danielle Rodriguez, a senior from Kingsley. All three students are in the Tech Center’s Automotive Technology program which is in its first year of participating in the JMG program.

The Wexford-Missaukee CTC students who attended the event were Elizabeth Eastway, a senior from Manton; and junior Olivia Emond and senior Jessy Taylor, both from Lake City. All three students are in the Tech Center’s Hospitality, Retailing, and Entrepreneurship program which is in its second year of participating in the JMG program.

While they were in Lansing the students met with Senators Darwin Booher and Wayne Schmidt, and Representatives Michelle Hoitenga and Larry Inman, and talked with them about the JMG program. The students also got to tour the State Capitol Building.

The students were joined on the trip by Northwest Michigan Works! Career Preparation Specialist and JMG Manager, Dana Venhuizen, and Youth Career Technical Education Placement Advisor, LeAnne Bush.

The statewide Jobs for Michigan's Graduates program helps Michigan's young adults graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Attend National Leadership Event

Two students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Student Leadership Academy November 10-12 in Washington D.C. Clara Clark, a senior in the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center Hospitality, Retailing, and Entrepreneurship program, and Ryan Memberto, a senior in the Traverse Bay Area ISD’s Career Tech Center Automotive Technology program, attended the event which attracted nearly 700 students from around the country.

While they were in Washington, Clark and Memberto participated in a variety of leadership sessions, had the opportunity to network with students from other states, and attended the Leadership Awards Luncheon which included keynote speeches by the Governors of Louisiana and Mississippi. They were also part of a JAG group photo at the U.S. Capitol, toured the U.S. Monuments, visited Arlington National Cemetery, and spent an afternoon at the Smithsonian Museums. The students were joined on the trip by Northwest Michigan Works! Operations Manager, Kathy Taylor, and Youth Career Technical Education Placement Advisor, LeAnne Bush.

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates, a statewide affiliate of the JAG program, helps Michigan's young adults graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.

 


Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program Receives National Recognition

The Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan has received national recognition. The program, coordinated in the region by Northwest Michigan Works!, received a 5-of-5 Award from the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Board of Directors.

The 5-of-5 Award recognizes JAG programs that meet or exceed national standards in five categories measuring student success. Local students have been involved in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program at the Beaver Island Lighthouse School, the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center in Cadillac, and the Club 180 out of school youth program in Traverse City.

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is a state based affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization, one of the largest and most successful school-to-work systems for at-risk and disadvantaged young people in the United States. The JMG model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to keep young people in school through graduation and improve the rate of success in achieving education and career goals.

Northwest Michigan Works! Youth Advisor and JMG Program Coordinator, Dana Venhuizen (6th from left), accepts the
5-of-5 Award at the JAG National Training Seminar.

 


JMG Students Attend Career Conference, Youth Advisor Receives Award

Students from the Beaver Island Lighthouse School and the the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center  participated in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) Career Conference April 28 in Lansing. At the event Northwest Michigan Works! Youth Advisor Dana Venhuizen received the JMG Specialist of the Year Award.

The Lighthouse School students attending the conference with Venhuizen were Traverse City senior Tasha Herrera and Beaver Island senior Jordan Marsh. The Career Tech Center students attending the conference were Marion senior Kyle Norris and Pine River senior Jordyn Woodring. They were joined by Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center JMG Specialist LeAnne Bush. All of the students participated in an employability skills competition, networked with other JMG students from around the state, and heard presentations from speakers including Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

The conference also included an awards presentation where Venhuizen received the Specialist of the Year Award. She was recognized for her inspirational service, consistently superior performance, and dedication to high standards of excellence. Venhuizen is the Northwest Michigan Works! Youth Advisor for Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties, and also coordinates the JMG program at the Lighthouse School, the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center in Cadillac, and the Club 180 out of school youth program in Traverse City.

The statewide Jobs for Michigan's Graduates program helps Michigan's young people who are at risk of dropping out of high school, or who have already dropped out, graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. Students enrolled in the program are youth who have barriers to success, including deficiencies in basic skills, transportation, income and economic status.

(l-r) Jordyn Woodring, Kyle Norris, Dana Venhuizen, Jordan Marsh, Tasha Herrera


 

 

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