JMG, educating teens, helps students get ready for college and careers

BY RAMONA DU HOUX

May 8th, 2011 · Filed under: Education, Issue 30, Issues · No Comments

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JMG's Career Development Conference at the Civic Center in Augusta

More than 500 seniors from the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates’ (JMG) program proved they are ready for college and the workforce as they participated in JMG’s 19th annual Career Development Conference (CDC) at the Augusta Civic Center on May 5, 2011.

“As seniors, we’ve worked really hard all year, writing resumes, working on leadership, communication and team-building skills. CDC is kind of where the rubber hits the road. It’s a chance for us to show we’re ready for whatever path we take after graduation,” said Holly Allen, a JMG student from Gardiner High School.

During CDC, JMG students compete in a variety of college and career-readiness contests. This day-long event gives the seniors who’ve traveled from all across the state the chance to show off their leadership, teambuilding, problem-solving and communication skills.

Along with the competitions, dozens of Maine businesses and colleges took part in a Career Fair, giving students a chance to learn more about the career and educational opportunities that exist in Maine. Dana Connors, President of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, awarded Chamber scholarships to four JMG students who are heading to college this fall. The four students, Cielle Pomerleau, Peter Genica, Patrick Graham and Zach White, will all receive a $1500 college scholarships.

“No matter what life throws at you, there are three important letters to remember: P.M.A. They stand for Positive Mental Attitude. You may not be able to control everything that happens to you, but you can keep a positive attitude, and always put your best foot forward,” said this year’s key note speaker Ira Rosenberg, President of Prime Motor Group. Rosenberg talked to the students about his own humble beginnings, and the challenges he faced and overcame in his life.

JMG is a statewide, private nonprofit working with students who face barriers to education. JMG provides 4,000 students a year with the skills and experience they will need to succeed in high school, post secondary education, and careers. JMG graduates become engaging members of their communities, productive adults in the workforce, and contributors to Maine’s economy.