Smith-Cotton High School's Jobs for America's Graduates program formally welcomed 32 seniors during an initiation and installation ceremony Wednesday in the Heckart Performing Arts Center.

JAG helps students build core competencies to prepare them for the workforce, while also providing resources for career exploration.

S-C JAG Sponsor Amanda Harvey told those attending the ceremony that she works with each student to help determine the right path for them after graduation, whether it is college, the workforce, a technical program or the military.

"We are working to build soft skills like teamwork, problem solving, (and) critical thinking, that will be valuable in whatever path they choose," Harvey said.

The participating students took the membership pledge and were awarded certificates and pins; program officers also were installed.

In the photos:  PIC1: Natalia Gutierrez, left, and Alex Currey join other Smith-Cotton High School seniors in taking the membership pledge for the Jobs for America's Graduates program during an initiation and installation ceremony Wednesday in the Heckart Performing Arts Center. JAG focuses on core competencies that prepare students to succeed in the workforce; it also provides resources and support for career exploration.

PIC5: JAG Sponsor Amanda Harvey, left, inducts senior Kelsey Anderson as the S-C chapter's vice president for public relations during Wednesday's Initiation and Installation ceremony.

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