Fun Competitions and Hard Work bring Success for JAG Students
January 16, 2020
The Twin Lakes JAG program has done nothing but improved on itself each year it has been here. JAG stands for Jobs for America’s Graduates. According to jag.org, in more than three decades of operation, JAG has helped over one million young people pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.
Every year the Twin Lakes JAG program takes part in the statewide CDC competition where the students are put in different scenarios from creative thinking all the way to employability skills. The point of the day is to see how much we have learned and they do it in a fun way by making it a competition. The best thing about this class is how sneaky it can be because sometimes it just feels like you’re not doing anything, then when you get to the competition you realize that all of the stuff you’ve been doing is actually going to help you.
Although the CDC competition is a big deal, the class is truly about so much more. In JAG, you learn a lot about not only what employment opportunities are out there for us when we graduate, but how to get hired which is so important. Almost every week the JAG class is blessed with the opportunity to speak with and listen to possible future employers. This helps the students learn what might be asked by employers and it also helps open everyone’s eyes to the possibilities for jobs that may be available when we graduate.
Harley Criswell, a senior at TL, has been in the JAG program for two years. He said, “I like JAG because it helps prepare you for the future.” Harley plans to be a mechanic when he graduates this June.
Another thing the JAG program does really well is it helps you with resumes and not just how to write them, but how to understand them so they can be the best they can possibly be. Although the JAG program is great with helping you learn about jobs, in my opinion, the best thing JAG does is it gives everyone a place to belong, no matter who you are. It does not matter where you come from, you will always be welcomed in the JAG classroom and Mrs.Puterbaugh, the JAG specialist, does such a good job of being patient and truly tries to help you become the best you can be. There is also just a tremendous amount of support that the other students in JAG will give you. I think that’s just how the class is designed, because everyone knows that there will be a competition so everyone just kind of bands together to help the class as a whole do the best that it can possibly do.