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Region 7 JAG Once Again Earns 5 of 5 Award


Our JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) program has once again been recognized for achieving the Indiana "5 of 5" Regional Award for the Class of 2014-2015 by meeting and exceeding JAG national standards.  Region 7 has earned this honor every year that it has been presented.  The 5 of 5 Award recognizes JAG programs that meet or exceed the standards in five categories that measure student success:



National Standard

Region 7 




Total Civilian Job Placements and Military Service



Total Positive Outcomes



Total in Full Time Placement

(Includes Full Time Work, Full Time School, Full Time Military or combination of Part Time School and Part Time Work)



Total In Full Time Jobs




Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.

Thank you to our dedicated JAG Instructors who are making such a positive influence on these students and congratulation to all of our JAG students who are seeing the benefits of their hard work.

For more information about the JAG program in our area, please contact

Greg Lee at glee@vinu.edu


JAG News May 2016

JAG Athletes to continue basketball careers 

Congratulations to JAG student Montgomeree Porter who was awarded a scholarship to play basketball at St Mary's of the Woods!  Terre Haute South JAG student Kayanna Greer signed a letter of intent with Robert Morris University (Peoria, IL) for basketball as well.



On Saturday, May 14, the Northview JAG program hosted it’s 3rd annual Veteran’s Picnic for Clay County Veterans.

Despite the cold weather, approximately twice as many veterans attended the event this year than last year.







Terre Haute South 

Monday, May 16, 2016 JAG students participated in South Vigo High School's annual Welding Cookout put on by Mr. Dillion and his welding classes. JAG voted to have a cotton candy stand at the Welding Cookout to fund-raise for the South High School JAG program. Students worked 30 minute shifts making and selling cotton candy and water. It was a great success and they sold out within the first hour of the cookout. JAG profited $114.14 to go towards their JAG program. The students are undecided what they want to do with the money, but they have decided this will be something they do every year at the Welding Cookout. Great job South JAG!


 Talent Show Collects Canned Goods for Back Pack Program

On May 19th JAG Students at North High School hosted a Talent Show to help raise donations for the back pack program at North High School. The entire event was student led. Students recruited talent during lunch and held auditions after school for three days. They made sure all needed equipment was obtained for both the dress rehearsal and the show.

The first act was JAG Student Montgomeree Porter. She opened the show with a tap dance and then introduced each additional act. In between acts she told jokes. We had seven other acts; A Rubik’s cube challenge, a song and dance number, a spoken word piece, a vocal/piano number, two soloists, and a vocal/instrumental duet. The show was amazing. The JAG students did a fantastic job. The JAG students collected can goods, pulled curtains, operated the stage lights, operated the sound equipment, and solved some technical issues.

The students were able to collect 52 can goods during the event. These can goods were all donated to the back pack program. They will be handed out during Memorial Day weekend.


Sullivan JAG Conquers HR Block Challenge Again!

Congratulations to the Sullivan JAG students who for the second year in a row conquered the HR Block Budget Challenge.

The challenge required students to manage their finances over a period of time using real world examples highlighting three key skill areas: 

  • Balancing current and future cash needs
  • Paying bills on time and on budget
  • Understanding financial concepts

The students received messages and updates via various communication mediums such as e-mail and the mobile app and had to actively participate by logging into the site and completing their financial transactions.  Student responsibility included:

  • Reviewing and paying bills on time
  • Saving money into the 401(k) via direct paycheck contribution
  • Managing credit card balances
  • Answering quizzes / surveys
  • Using the knowledge base and contacting customer service to resolve issues

Teams lost points for every dollar in late fees incurred, while earning points for every dollar saved and completing quizzes.

By winning their group, the Sullivan JAG students earned $5,000 for their school.  Congratulations to the Sullivan JAG Students!



For more information about the challenge, visit: http://hrblock.budgetchallenge.com/Overview.aspx



Spring Cleaning - JAG Style

While their fellow students were thinking about Spring Break, the Terre Haute South JAG students were thinking about that other common phrase: Spring Cleaning.

Before leaving school for break, the Terre Haute South JAG students spent time cleaning up the school's courtyard.

Thank you to all of the JAG students who lent a hand to keep the school looking good.



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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JAG Students Assist Light House Mission

This Thanksgiving season, members of the Terre Haute North JAG class took time during their holiday break to volunteer at the Light house Mission.

 The Light House Mission was established in 1890 to serve the needs of transient and needy local people in Terre Haute, Indiana, and has served in this capacity to the present time. In 1935, it was recognized as a not-for-profit organization by the state of Indiana. It has expanded its range and geographic scope of services to include 19 counties in West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois. As these counties form some of the poorest localities in the two states, the Mission has seen a significant increase in the number of indigent and homeless in the last few years. The Mission accepts all who need assistance and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethical origin, age, physical disability, or medical condition.


The students helped serve meals as well as assisting with washing dishes, etc.

 Well done Terre Haute North JAG!




2015 Manufacturing Day

On Friday, October 2nd, Middle and High School Guidance Counselors from throughout Region 7, Workone Employment Advisors, representatives from Ivy Tech as well as other regional dignitaries participated in Manufacturing Day 2015.  Established in 2011, National Manufacturing Day is held annually on the first Friday in October.  As noted on the Manufacturing Day website, "Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers."   

The day began at Bemis with a Manufacturing Day Proclamation by Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett.  The Bemis staff welcomed guests with an overview of their company and then provided a tour of their facility where they produce plastic film.

The group then traveled to Novelis where they enjoyed lunch and a presentation by Novelis and a tour of their facility and how they manufacture aluminum for various industries.  Conexus provided an overview of logistics in Indiana which includes waterways, roads, rail and air transportation.

The last stop of the day was at Taghleef.  During the tour and presentation, the group learned about the different types of plastics that Taghleef manufactures.

At each manufacturer, in addition to learning about the manufacturers specific product, the Counselors learned some common themes in modern manufacturing: 

Safety - Each presentation began with the importance of safety in manufacturing.  

Recycling - All of the facilities highlighted how they reduce waste and cost through recycling.

Technical Skills - These manufacturers need workers with technical skills to monitor the various processes and make adjustments when needed.

Teamwork - Many manufacturers such as the ones visited utilize team concepts to operate their facilities.  Successful teams depend on having members who are able to work together to solve problems.

Everyone learned a great deal about local manufacturing opportunities that they will be able to share with their students and clients.

Thank you to everyone who made Manufacturing Day 2015 a huge success!

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