iJAG 2017 Career Development Conference

Press Release                                                                                   May 19, 2017

Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) Students Excel Career Development Conference

Iowa – Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) held its 18th Annual Career Development Conference on May 4, 2017 at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus in Ankeny. There were more than 220 iJAG students from across the state competing at the event. The conference also drew in nearly 40 volunteer judges from 20 different businesses and organizations. Tyson Foods Vice President Human Resources Operations, Deanna Wiedner served as the keynote speaker for the event.

Competitive events included Employment Prep, Public Speaking, Critical Thinking, Math Skills, and Product Banner. The capstone event allowed students to practice skills they have been working on all year long in their relative iJAG classrooms. In addition to student awards, employer partners of the organization were recognized at the luncheon. Employers awarded were John Deere Foundation, Principal Financial Group, and Tyson Foods.

The mission of iJAG is to assist students with multiple barriers in graduating from high school and and/or successfully transitioning from high school to continued education and careers. To accomplish this work iJAG provides an individualized and holistic approach that occurs in and out of the classroom. Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates is nationally accredited and has produced a 95% graduation rate with participating students last year in Iowa. Laurie Phelan, President and CEO of iJAG said “The Career Development Conference is always such an amazing day that we can highlight our students’ successes and thank those employers who assist in our work in so many ways. We could not serve our students so effectively without the time, talent and treasure of our many business and community partnerships”.