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The JAG Advantage

Employer Engagement

Employer engagement has been a cornerstone activity of our program since inception. In leveraging employer engagement as an instructional strategy, we elevate the practice by developing meaningful connections between our students and professionals, ideas and skills, and the classroom and real-life situations. Employers invest their resources, talent and knowledge to customize individual learning experiences for our students. Work-based activities and learning advances effective employer partnerships to provide students with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge and skills needed to be successful in post-secondary education and career pathways. This strategy deepens career exploration and first-hand experience in working environments to optimize advancement for learners. PBL provides a natural vehicle to implement workforce development practices in the classroom, preparing students for employer experiences.

The JAG Model blends these approaches and when delivered effectively, Specialists will deliver our competencies, engage the Student Center Association, and work with employers in strategies that are healthy and supportive to our students.

Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a proven approach to prepare students for academic, personal and career success, where other strategies and traditional curriculum has failed. Research identifies the principles of PBL as a foundation to implement more learner-centered, inquiry-based, and active learning methods. Our program follows the Buck Institute for Education PBL model, a nationally recognized practice. We shifted to a PBL instructional strategy in 2015 as a vehicle to deliver employability skills competencies, specific industry and employer content and engagement, and community problems and solutions. Elevating our education practice to this gold level standard ensures learners gain the benefit of real-world relevance that is critical to today’s workforce needs.

Trauma-Informed Care

An increasing number of our students have experienced trauma. In the book Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom trauma is described as “an exceptional experience in which powerful and dangerous events overwhelm a person’s capacity to cope.” Our program is a resiliency model. It demonstrates how to build relationships, gives learners voice and choice (even more so through PBL), teaches life skills, and helps learners overcome adversity.

JVG Incentive Grants

JVG Incentive Grants are periodically available to schools or divisions interested in bringing JVG to their site. We are continually looking to grow our membership and increase our impact on students across Virginia. If you would like to explore bringing JVG to your school or several schools in your district, please contact us today.

Antonio Rice
434-953-9291
antonio.rice@jobsforvagrads.org