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State Career Development Conference

March 28, 2024 - Des Moines

During the State Career Development Conference (SCDC), students in grades 10-12 will participate in a full-day of career discovery and professional development with employer-led workshops, networking and a career fair. 

This event features several categories of competitions that challenge students on various subject matters in addition to soft skills, presentation abilities and professionalism. Whether competing individually or as a group, students work closely with their iJAG Specialist and employer mentors to prepare for the big day. 

First-place competition winners earn an all-expenses paid trip to the JAG National Career Development Conference (NCDC). Not only do students compete nationally in their respective category, but they participate in other experiences that influence them for a lifetime. Only about 300 of JAG’s 65,000 students attend NCDC annually. 

In 2023, SCDC was the largest iJAG event to-date with nearly 1,600 students in attendance. Meet last year’s finalists and NCDC attendees, plus read the news about the third-place national finalists from Davenport!

Ways to get involved:
  • Students: Check back soon for the list of 2024 competition categories!


  • Employers: Sponsor, lead a workshop, host a booth at the career fair and/or serve as a judge during one of our student competitions. Email info@iJAG.org to lock-in your involvement!


  • Community: Click the Donate button to alleviate school expenses such as student transportation, meals and onsite resources. Or, contact us to serve as an event volunteer or judge during one of our student competitions.

Check out the action from 2023 CDC in Des Moines:

Soak up the fun from 2023 NCDC in Orlando: