JMG Group Attends Career Development Conference

Photo Nine students from Calais High School attended the annual JMG Career Development Conference in Waterville on March 28th. From left to right, Kylie Donovan, Tianna Bacon, Kevin Bailey, Prescilla Myers, Colt Delaney, Sydney Lins, Branden Gillespie, Camryn Michaud, Specialist Toby Cole, Halen Harris. (Photo by Lura Jackson).

By Lura Jackson

 A group of juniors and seniors from Calais High School traveled to Thomas College in Waterville to attend the annual JMG Career Development Conference on March 28th. The students participated in competitions related to resume writing, public speaking, teamwork, and problem solving, and were rewarded when appropriate for their efforts.

A total of nine students made the trip from the Calais area. Each year, the Thomas College conference attracts approximately 600 juniors and seniors from all over the state, each of whom is a participant in the JMG program. JMG, which stands for Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, is a nonprofit program that partners with high schools and community colleges to foster career preparedness by providing mentorship, trainings, and personalized education plans. 

The students from Calais represented the area well with numerous awards won. The team of Kylie Donovan and Colt Delaney received a 3rd place trophy for “Pitch It!”, an event during which participants had to deliver a presentation about how JMG helps students chart their course to career development. Donovan and Delaney also received a 3rd place trophy for “Know it All”, which tested the students’ knowledge of JMG and its curriculum. Delaney received a 3rd place trophy in College Admissions Skills, which tested students’ ability to apply for admission and interview at a post-secondary institution. Halen Harris received a 3rd place trophy for her prepared speech in public speaking with a prompt of “What JMG means to me.” The trio of Branden Gillespie, Halen Harris, and Devin Pellerin received a 3rd place trophy in Online Employment Application where they applied for one of 4 entry level positions using an online application process.

Toby Cole, JMG Specialist for Calais Middle High School, wishes to extend his congratulations to each of the participating students on behalf of the program and the school system.