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JAG Students Assist CASA With Easter Activities

Saturday March 19th Terre Haute North JAG students volunteered to assist CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and Remnant Church with a community wide Easter event.  The event offered free food, games, an egg hunt, a bouncy house and a bouncy slide. 

The JAG students assisted in a variety of ways. They helped by carrying in game displays, tables, food items, and the 15,000 eggs. They also helped mark off areas in the football field that divided up the areas for different age groups. 

They helped scatter the 15,000 plastic Easter eggs and monitor either egg hunts
or game areas.  After the event they helped with trash pick up.


Local Students Participate in 2016 State JAG Competition

INDIANAPOLIS (March 11, 2016) – Students from around the state gathered today at Ivy Tech Community College in downtown Indianapolis to take part in Indiana’s annual Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) State Career Development Conference (CDC). All participants previously took part in regional conferences for a chance to earn monetary awards and the opportunity to compete at the state level. The conference enabled students to demonstrate their employability skills in nine categories: Career Presentation, Employability Skills, Creative Solutions, Writing Skills, Critical Thinking, Financial Literacy, Public Speaking, Entrepreneurship and Cover Design.

Two students from our Region finished in the Top 3 in their competion:

Kyndle McDonald, Sullivan High School, Employability Skills, 2nd Place

Abigail LeClercq, Riverton Parke High School, Writing Skills, 3rd Place

Other Region 7 Participants:

Bradley Davis - Terre Haute North High School

Dominic Estey - Sullivan High School

Drew Lubbehusen - Sullivan High School

Pete McKinney - Terre Haute North High School

Christopher Pickett - Northview High School

Lane Prout - Terre Haute North High School

Deavin Qurazzo - Terre Haute North High School

Harley Staley - Northview High School

Braelyn Wence - Sullivan High School

Congratulations to all of the participants who represented our Region!

Click http://www.in.gov/dwd/files/2016_JAG_CDC_Awardees.pdf">here for a list of winners from across Indiana. Pictures and video of the event is available upon request.

“The abundance of high-quality competitors at the Career Development Conference is a testament to Indiana’s status as the largest JAG program in the nation,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “Events like this showcase how JAG Indiana is accomplishing its mission of graduating students on time and preparing them to take the next step in life.”

JAG is a state-based, national non-profit dedicated to developing students academically by helping them overcome barriers to graduation. Since 2006, Indiana’s JAG program has helped more than 15,000 Hoosier students stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality jobs leading to career advancement. Currently, more than 5,500 students participate in JAG through 104 programs located in over 96 schools throughout Indiana, making Indiana’s JAG program the largest in the nation. Students are taught competencies, such as critical thinking, team leadership and effective communication skills that will increase their marketability in today’s workforce.

JAG students receive adult mentoring while in school and one year of follow-up counseling after graduation. Indiana’s program graduates more than 93 percent of participants and many students choose to continue their education after high school. The JAG program is funded through community partners and grants provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Visit http://in.gov/dwd/JAG.htm">in.gov/dwd/JAG.htm to learn more about the Indiana JAG program.







2016 JAG Career Development Conference


On Friday January 22, over 100 JAG students from our region gathered for the 5th annual JAG Career Development Conference.  Students from Clay, Parke, Vigo and Sullivan counties met on the Ivy Tech campus to compete and demonstrate the skills they have learned during their time in JAG.

Once again, local Employers and Community Leaders volunteered to serve as judges for the event.  They judged a wide variety of competitions including Employability Skills, Public Speaking and Entrepreneurship.   

After competing, the students enjoyed lunch with their fellow competitors, networked with Employers and Community Leaders and were able to tour the Ivy Tech campus.  Presentations from Ivy Tech and Vinncennes University provided the students with information about educational opportunities after they complete high school.

This year's theme Building Tomorrow Today was truly evident in the effort and results achieved by this year's competitors.

Those students who finished in First Place will get to compete at the State JAG Conference in March.
Congratulations to everyone who competed and good luck at the State Finals!

2016 JAG Career Development Conference Results

Chapter Commercial

1st Place - Sullivan High School

Chapter Service Learning Blog

1st Place - Sullivan High School

Financial Literacy

1st Place - Christopher Pickett - Northview

2nd Place - Michael Roseberry - Sullivan

3rd Place - Rico Martinez - Sullivan

Writing Skills

1st Place - Abigail LeClerq - Riverton Parke

2nd Place - Mara Stewart - Terre Haute North

3rd Place - Britany Truxal - Northview

Public Speaking   

1st Place - Braelyn Wence - Sullivan

2nd Place - Briella Ellis - Terre Haute North

3rd Place - Lydia McCarty - Sullivan

Critical Thinking    

1st Place - Lane Prout - Terre Haute North

2nd Place - Kyonna Pflueger - Northview

3rd Place - Te'airra Walters - Sullivan

Career Presentation   

1st Place - Harley Staley - Northview

2nd Place - Trista Osborn - Terre Haute North

3rd Place - Montgomeree Porter - Terre Haute North

Cover Design   

1st Place - Doug Griffie - Terre Haute South

2nd Place - Michael Hoffman - Terre Haute North

3rd Place - Megan Brush - Northview


1st Place - Pete McKinney, Bradley Davis, Deavin Qurazzo - Terre Haute North

Creative Solutions

1st Place - Dominic Estey - Sullivan

2nd Place - Jory Green - Terre Haute South

3rd Place - Douglas Griffie - Terre Haute South

Outstanding Senior   

1st Place - Drew Lubbehusen - Sullivan

2nd Place - Ciora Majors - Terre Haute South

Employability Skills   

1st Place - Kyndle McDonald - Sullivan

2nd Place - Brooke Morris - Terre Haute North

3rd Place - Alexis Hampton - Sullivan

Click here to view pictures from the event

Thank you to:

  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Vincennes University

Our Judges:

  • James Aker – Duke Energy
  • Daryl Andrews – WIB Board Member
  • Kim Campbell – Rose Hulman
  • Laurence Cross – WIB Board Member
  • Nancy Davisson – Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Dr. Tad Foster – WIB Board Member
  • Marjorie Hopkins – Author
  • Ryan Hughes – IBEW
  • Susan Jakaitis - Vigo County Public Library
  • Joey Montgomery - Congressman Buschon’s Office
  • Mary Caye Pfister – Pfister Realty
  • Elanor Ramseier – Vigo County YMCA
  • Ellen Reeves – United Way
  • Courtney Richey – Small Business Development Center
  • Tom Szymanski - IBEW
  • Claudia Tanoos - Terre Haute EDC
  • Cyndi Todd - Parke County EDC
  • Larry Tempel – WIB Board Member
  • Sarah Thomas – Ivy Tech
  • Susan Turner – Saint Mary of the Woods
  • Gail Wright – WCI - AHEC
  • Chris Williams – Ivy Tech Community College
  • WorkOne Staff and JAG Specialists

2015 Northview JAG 12 Trees of Christmas

At Northview High School, the JAG program continued a wonderful holiday tradition started by previous JAG classes.

For the 3rd year the Northview JAG program has given back to the community through its 12 Trees of Christmas project.  The JAG students partnered with Wagoners Tree Farm to provide free Christmas trees to 12 families in Clay County.

While Wagoners provided the trees, the JAG students collected lights, ornaments and tree stands to go with each tree.  The students even spent time creating several hand made ornaments.

During their holiday break the students delivered the trees and help set them up.

Congratulations and Thank You to the Northview High School JAG program and Wagoners Tree Farm for continuing this great tradition!

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CNC Program Celebrates 8th Class Graduation

On December 17th Ivy Tech Corporate College held a graduation ceremony to celebrate the completion of its latest CNC Operator Training Class.

The curriculum of this course was developed through collobaration between Ivy Tech and local manufacturers.  Completion of the 225 contact hour class results in attendees receiving a minimum of 4 NIMS Certifications for each student.  However, the five students who attended the program completed the additional work necessary and received a combined total of 25 NIMS certifications.

The ceremony was attended by family members of the graduates, WorkOne Employment Advisors, Ivy Tech staff as well as a representative from a local employer.

After the ceremony, the students gave the visitors a tour of the training area and displayed their final projects.



Since it began in 2013, the CNC program has now graduated 54 students who have attained a total of 217 NIMS Certifications.  The majority of these students are now employed.

For more information about the next training class, please visit your local WorkOne.

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