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. .

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!



Articulate. Good eye contact. Clarity of thought. Mature.

Asked about JAG CT students’ performance at our first Career Development Conference, judges had high praise:

“Calm, positive and articulate.”

“Listened and considered others’ suggestions.”

“Excellent first impression, very personable.”IMG_0499-sm

These and other detailed comments  were shared with students and Specialists after the Tuesday event, which drew 150 students and nearly 50 volunteers and observers to Capital Community College in Hartford. The event marked the first time students from all seven JAG CT partner schools came together, to compete in the professional skills they are learning, as well as practice their networking skills and learn from a Career Panel and other guest speakers.

“I was absolutely blown away by the stories and struggles behind the speeches the students gave today,” said Rep. Jeff Currey, one of the Public Speaking Judges.

Students competed in Public Speaking, Employability Skills, Career Planning, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking. Speakers included State of Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson, pictured at right; Department of Correction Commissioner Scott Semple; Capital Community College President Wilfredo Nieves; Senator Gary Winfield; and Sgt. Sean Grant of the Manchester Police Department. Click here for the full agenda for the day. Reps. Mark Tweedie and Henry Genga also served as judges and presented the Outstanding Students awards.

gary 2Several JAG CT students were honored for their commitment and accomplishments in demonstrating JAG’s values of Accountability, Attitude, Perseverance and Teamwork. Click here for the event program, containing a listing of Outstanding Student bios and for judge and volunteer biographies.

Career Panel member Tina Longo of the New Britain Hospital for Special Care, who spoke about the growing number of health care jobs, said she enjoyed the event and would return.

“It was a pleasure being there,” she said. “The best part of it all was the handful of students that came to introduce themselves and asked additional henry maryanne career presentquestions.  That is the glimpse of light that shines to demonstrate that this program is and will be effective for these students!”


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