(INDIANAPOLIS) - Marissa Deckard from Bloomfield was recognized at the 2013 Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) Career Development Conference, the final state competition that challenges participants to demonstrate employement ability skills.
Deckard, a senior from Eastern Green High School, was a finalist for the JAG Indiana's Outstanding Senior Award. She received $500 to use for higher education.
JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to reconnecting students academically by helping them overcome barriers to graduation. Since 2006, the Indiana JAG program has served more than 9,000 Hoosier students to stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.
Currently, more than 3,300 students participate in JAG through 59 programs located within 55 schools throughout Indiana. Students are taught up to 88 competencies, such as critical thinking, team leadership and effective communications skills that will increase their marketability to employers.
JAG students receive adult mentoring while in school and one year of follow-up counseling after graduation. Indiana's program graduates more than 88 percent of participants and many students choose to continue their education after high school. The JAG program is funded through grants provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Gov. Mike Pence has made the JAG program a priority, asking for a proposed increase in the state budget to significantly expand the program.
Ivy Tech hosted the 2013 JAG State Career Development Conference at the Ivy Tech-Central Indiana campus located near downtown Indianapolis.
If you would like to learn more about the Indiana JAG program visit http://www.in.gov/dwd/2446.htm.
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