JOBS for AMERICA'S GRADUATES

Gov. Holcomb to Keynote JAG Career Development Conference Awards

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS (March 14, 2018) — Gov. Eric J. Holcomb will join Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Commissioner Fred Payne at the 10th annual Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Indiana Career Development Conference at Ivy Tech Community College Corporate College and Culinary Center on Friday, March 16, 2018. Gov. Holcomb will honor select JAG Indiana students recommended by a panel of judges from competitions held earlier that day.

In January, Gov. Holcomb was elected to serve as the chairman of the national JAG Board of Directors -- a bipartisan group that includes governors from 12 other states. JAG is a state-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to helping students overcome challenges to graduate high school and gain useful skills to secure good jobs. JAG has served more than 1.2 million youth around the country.

WHO: Gov. Eric Holcomb, DWD Commissioner Fred Payne and more than 150 JAG Indiana state finalists.

WHAT: Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) Indiana Career Development Conference, Final Competition and Awards Ceremony

WHEN: Friday, March 16, 2018

  • 8:45 a.m. - Opening ceremony
  • 9:15 a.m. - Final competitions begin (b-roll opportunity)
  • Noon - Lunch begins
  • 12:40 p.m. - Gov. Holcomb remarks and awards ceremony

WHERE: Ivy Tech Community College Corporate College and Culinary Center, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

MEDIA/RSVP PARKING: Media should RSVP their attendance to Dave Shatkowski, dshatkowski@dwd.in.gov, by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Media should enter on the south side of Corporate College and Culinary Center and check in at the registration table. Members of the media are invited to join conference attendees for lunch.

BACKGROUND:The career development conference provides JAG Indiana students an opportunity to learn from their peers and meet industry professionals. The conference also serves as the culmination of months of regional competitions, which focused on disciplines critical to employment. The top students in each category from the regional competitions advanced to Indianapolis for a chance to earn monetary awards and meet Gov. Holcomb. Competition categories include: career presentation, cover design, creative solutions, critical thinking, employability skills, entrepreneurship plan, public speaking, writing skills and the outstanding senior award.

Gov. Holcomb serves as the 2018 chair of JAG’s national board of directors. JAG is a state-based, national non-profit organization that assists students with barriers to success by helping them overcome academic challenges and achieve graduation. Students learn up to 88 competencies such as critical thinking, team leadership and effective communications skills to increase employability. Visit jagindiana.org to learn more about the Indiana JAG program. Click here to watch the official JAG Indiana video.

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Media Contacts:

Stephanie Wilson
Press Secretary
Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb
317-914-9137
stepwilson@gov.in.gov

Dave Shatkowski
Director, Communications
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
317-234-7671
dshatkowski@dwd.in.gov