JAG Students “Bridging the Gap” After 2017 Career Development Conference
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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     On April 20th, students from Creek Bridge High School in Marion County, South Carolina gathered in the Midlands for the annual Jobs for America’s Graduates – South Carolina (JAG-SC) 2017 Career Development Conference. Joined by more than 586 students from across the state, this annual event provides opportunities for JAG-SC students to hear speakers discuss career development, compete in academic and life-skills competitions, and be recognized in an awards luncheon.

     Creek Bridge High School is particularly proud of the strides their JAG-SC students have made this academic year. The awards achieved this year include: 1st place poster by Mr. Cameron Rich, 2nd place chapter manual, accepted by Ms. Stasia Dozier President of the Creek Bridge High Career Association, and for the second year in a row the Students in Action members, Mr. Deaunte Hemingway, Mr. Javon Paige, Mr. Douglas (DJ) Allen, Mr. Cameron Rich, and Mr. Braxton Jones, were awarded the Silver Banner from the Jefferson Awards Foundation for their community service initiatives. Mr. DJ Allen received the Govenor’s Award for Creek Bridge High. In addition, Mr. Kevin Dozier received the Golden Key Award. This award is the highest given in the state by JAG for an individual’s contribution and commitment to the members of the program.

     “Over the course of this year, the students have mastered 81 competencies identified by businesses as essential to successful employment,” said Mrs. Dorothy V. Fore, Creek Bridge High School JAG-SC Senior Career Specialist. “Since 2005, the JAG program at Creek Bridge has been dedicated to ensuring each member here is ready for post-secondary education and training or ready for employment. It is my goal that they are equipped to take the next step in life with confidence and eager in making a positive contribution to the community.”

     The Creek Bridge High JAG-SC program is dedicated to community service, social awareness, as well as leadership and development. This year the members have participated in many activities that include: St. Jude’s Research fundraiser partnership with Marion Farmer’s Furniture, the American Heart Association, community parades, mentoring and tutoring middle school students, in addition to annual events that include the Black History program and Career Day at Creek Bridge.

     This year’s theme, “Bridging the Gap,” speaks to the organizations goal of helping each student develop the skills they will need to bring people together to address issues that they may face in the future.

     JAG is a dropout prevention program focused on academic success and career-readiness skills. JAG-SC is administered by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. Over the past 12 years of service the program has assisted more than 10,281 youth and currently serves 901 active high school participants.

     For six consecutive years, the JAG-SC program has been awarded the National Jag 5-of-5 Award for exceeding five of the national standards for graduation rate, school placement rates, total positive outcomes rate, job placement rates and full-time jobs rates. 








About JAG


Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. In more than three decades of operation, JAG has helped nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. JAG-SC is a program run by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) and is a proven dropout prevention program assisting some the state’s most deserving youth in graduating from high school and moving confidently toward the realization of their dreams.








The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is putting South Carolinians to work. The agency invests in building a pipeline of quality workers, matches workers with jobs, and is a bridge for individuals who find themselves out of work for no fault of their own. This promotes financial stability and economic prosperity for employers, individuals and communities. SCDEWis dedicated to advancing South Carolina through services that meet the needs of the state’s businesses, jobseekers and those looking to advance their careers.


















































































































































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