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Skills Development Conference

May 7, 2024 - Ankeny

During the Skills Development Conference (SDC), students in grades 7-10 will participate in a full day of leadership development, skill-building, competitions, and a career education. This is the inaugural year for SDC and will be held in cooperation with Des Moines Area Community College. This year, 56 iJAG programs are attending with over 275 students involved.

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 Specialists and employer mentors to prepare for the big day. Learn more about the 2024 competition categories:

Career Preparation

Students research a career and present on why the career is the right fit for them

L.O.V.E Project

Teams identify community inequities and work together to make a positive impact

Employability Skills

Students participate in a simulated employment interview

Prepared Speaking

Students prepare a speech and practice effective oral communication

Project Based Learning Showcase

Teams present a PBL project to a panel of judges

Ways to get involved:
  • Students: Enter a competition and prepare with your Specialist!
  • Employers: Volunteer as a judge for our student competitions or grab a group and package meals with students. Sign-up by completing this form.
  • Community: Click the Donate button to alleviate school expenses such as student transportation, meals, and onsite resources. Or, sign-up to volunteer by completing this form.

Thank you, 2024 sponsors!

SDC is just one way employers can join us to build the future. Visit our "Employers" tab to learn how your organization can get involved with us.

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