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Mark Your Calendars!

There are a lot of upcoming training events going on this spring and summer, so make sure you've made time for your own professional development!
  • Recipes for Successful Inclusion Conference for Business Representatives and Outreach Coordinators, March 24, Plainfield
  • WorkOne and Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership and Disability Awareness Training, March 30, Indianapolis
  • Commission for Higher Education's Kent Weldon Conference, April 14, Indianapolis
  • IAACE Adult Education Conference, April 27-29, French Lick
  • JAG Out-of-School Training, June 7, Indianapolis
  • JAG Refresher Training, June 8, Indianapolis
  • IYI Post-Secondary Counseling Institute, June 16-17, Indianapolis
  • JAG All-Staff Summer Training Seminar, June 28-29, Indianapolis
  • JAG Pre-NTS and National Training Seminar, July 11-15, Orlando
  • JAG Indiana New Specialist Training, July 25-26, Indianapolis
  • Young Adult Services (OOS) Training, COMING SOON!

Below are registration links for some of the upcoming events.

JAG Indiana State Career Development Conference

On March 11, 2016, JAG Indiana hosted the 8th Annual State Career Development Conference at the IvyTech Corporate College and Culinary Center in Indianapolis. Over 165 students competed in 12 different competitive events, including public speaking, financial literacy, employability skills, writing skills and entrepreneurship.


In addition to the individual competitive events, schools participate in Chapter competitions including Chapter Marketing Brochure, Chapter Service Learning Blog and Chapter Commercial. Marion High School's State Champion commercial is featured below.


The conference culminate's a year's worth of work in over 104 classrooms across the state. Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush served as keynote speaker with additional remarks from DWD's Commissioner Steve Braun prior to the awards ceremony.

R3 Marion High School JAG Commercial 2016

CDC Winners List

Career Presentation: Tyler McNall, Manchester High School (1), Shantel Rodgers, Arlington High School (2), Donamisha Ramsey, Indy Met High School (3)


Cover Design: Madison Smotherman, Decatur Central High School (1) Morgan Carrico, Marion High School (2), Victoria DeSantiago, Oakland High School (3)


Creative Solutions: Xavier Lyons, Anderson High School (1), Michael Talaga, Knox High School (2), Dominic Gill, Huntington North High School (3)


Critical Thinking: Thomas Shaw, Knox High School (1), Cortni Hedden, Blackford High School (2), Darice Upchurch, Marion High School (3)


Employability Skills: Nancy Cole, Blackford High School (1), Kyndle McDonald, Sullivan High School (2), Ma Yatziri Cortez-Rangel, Goshen High School (3)


Entrepreneurship Plan: Jonas Urban, Logan DeWitt and Dakota Kneubuhler, Dekalb High School (1), Ashley Adams, Josie Fisher and Megan Wagner, Martinsville High School (2), Emily Ferrell, Brianda Gallardo and Jose Mayorga Salazar, Decatur Central High School (3)


Financial Literacy: Sabrina Porter, Marion High School (1), Crucifico McCarty, Martinsville High School (2), Alexis Grimme, Connersville High School (3)


Outstanding Senior: Elijah Tribbett, Twin Lakes High School (1), McKayla Wilcher, Owen Valley High School (2), Jalen Bullock, Anderson High School (3)


Outstanding Senior Honorable Mention: Austin Czichilski, Rochester High School, Aylin Minjares, Ben Davis High School, Chanc Daugherty, Blackford High School, Deziree Kerns, Pike Central High School, Drew Lubbehusen, Sullivan High School, Gunner Calhoun, Madison Consolidated High School, Ivana Vescia, Jeffersonville High School, Kortney Peer, Huntington North High School, Loren Crawford, Michigan City High School


Public Speaking: Roy Thomas, Anderson High School (1), Lalita Ford, Southside High School (2), Nathan Shook, Mishawaka High School (3)


Writing Skills: Megan Hockersmith, Jennings County High School (1), Jamea Ditto, George Washington High School (2), Abigal LeClerq, Riverton Parke High School (3)

Pathways Innovation Network Spring Workshop

NC3T will conduct three regional IN-PIN workshops this April. Planning for Pathways is designed to help you and your organization take the early action steps required for career pathways planning and implementation. You will get a better understanding of what is needed for successful pathways programs from both education and business perspectives. You will also take part in activities that will prepare you for bringing the community together to support the development of pathways systems in schools for youth and adult learners.

The workshops will focus on:


  • Visioning a pathways system that serves the region
  • Engaging business and industry and building sustainable cross-sector partnerships
  • Getting learners exposed to and motivated for career opportunities
  • Identifying potential programs of study and their characteristics

Bring a friend! We strongly encourage participants to come to the workshops as cross-organizational teams. If you're an educator, bring a business partner. If you're a businesses or workforce development organization, contact your adult education provider, your related college contacts, and your K-12 education representatives and get them to attend. Implementing a career pathways system requires a community effort.

The workshops will be held in three regions of the state:


Southern region: Friday, April 22 - Mid-America Science Park, Scottsburg - Register
Central region: Wednesday, April 27 - Lebanon High School, Lebanon - Register
Northern region: Friday, April 29 - South Bend - location still to be determined. Keep checking our website events page; we'll post the information and a registration link as soon as we have it!

Youth Suicide in Indiana

Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young Hoosiers between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. In a national survey that included 43 states, Indiana had the nation’s highest rate of students who have contemplated suicide (19 percent) and the country’s second-highest rate of high school students who have attempted suicide (11 percent). Check out the Indiana Youth Institute's April 2014 Issue Brief for more information on warning signs, risk factors and ideas on how to help!

Adult Education Best Practice Webinar

The Adult Education Coordinators are now hosting bi-monthly Best Practice Webinars to share resources and encourage collaboration. Please check out the first webinar, now posted to the DWD website. Please take the time to listen to these sharing of best practices seen in the field around follow up.

For quick access the webinar can be found here: http://www.in.gov/dwd/2910.htm, under Adult Education Recorded Webinars.