JAG CT on Windham Community Access

JAG CT is pleased to be launching a program this fall at Windham Middle School!

Lead Specialist Emily Carver appeared recently on Windham Community Access TV to promote the program, with her student Savina Hollingsworth, who graduated last month from New Britain High School.

“JAG was different from any other class I’d ever experienced,” Savina said. “I felt like I mattered, like I was pursuing something for myself.

“Before, when I had a problem with a teacher I would ignore it,” she added. “After getting to know Ms. Carver, and seeing a teacher that cared, I was able to approach other teachers and talk about problems and work them out.”

Thanks to the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut for its generous support for the Windham program. Dr. Martin Estey of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education and Teresa Nieves of the United Way also appeared on the program, describing its model elements, such as 12 months of follow up and the student-led Career Association.

Click here for the full video segment. .


Hats off to N.B.H.S. JAG Graduates!

What a year for New Britain High School JAG seniors! From the amount of energy put in to staying after school to raise an algebra grade, to the tireless nights getting homework completed after working all evening ….YOU DID IT! Achieving a high school diploma is not an effortless task. It takes determination and perseverance: two things that can’t be taught in a class and something that each student was wired with.

Grad Kobi 2                    Grad Kim and Savina

(Graduate Kobi Hamilton)                           (Graduates Kim Harris & Izabella Santos)

Grad Kyara

(Graduate Kyara Vargas)

As JAG recently wrapped up its first full year at New Britain High School, all of the participants can confidently say they are moving on to their next chapter more college and career ready after mastering JAG’s 37 personal development and career competencies. Through the elective course, students gained the tools needed to be successful through group work in a class environment, with hands-on experience in the New Britain community through volunteer opportunities, and by performing mock interviews on numerous occasions.

Congratulations to all JAG graduates!!!

Grad Savina and Morgan

(Graduates Savina Hollingsworth & Morgan Mack)

Grad Day & Dey

(Dayon Hamilton, JAG specialist & Deybrion Hamilton)


Don’t Be Nervous!

Taking part in mock employment interviews is a standard element of JAG CT activities, very often accompanied by volunteer professionals who visit the class to assist.

They were in full swing last week, as New Britain High School Specialist Emily Carver and Manchester High School Specialist Justine Meyer recruited nearly a dozen volunteers in to work with their students.

Volunteers got a list of interview questions ahead of time, and a rubric they used to rate students on elements such as posture, grammar, body language and completeness of their answers.

“My students really enjoyed the experience and the feedback they received, and are looking forward to heading out for actual job interviews!” Emily reported.

“I felt really nervous going into the interview but once things got going I felt much better, ” said Daishell Roberson of Manchester High. “I’m actually not as worried for a ‘real’ interview anymore!”

Christin20160429_093652a Lumbreras of Arris is pictured above, interviewing Izabella Santos of New Britain High; and Jason Scappaticci of the Manchester Board of Education interviews Solomon Reynolds, at left. Thanks to them and all of the others who volunteered their time!