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Polson High School Jobs for Montana’s Graduates Class Delivers Christmas Trees

Helping others in need was on the agenda for some Polson High School students this month. Students in Mark Rochin’s Jobs for Montana’s Graduates class delivered five Christmas trees to needy families last week. The class purchased the trees at a discount from PHS government teacher Bob Hislop’s tree farm, and three students and some staff members delivered them....Read More

Montana Economy at a Glance - November 2016

Nurses play a part in nearly all facets of healthcare delivery, from Nursing Assistants who help patients with activities of daily living, to Nurse Practitioners who see their own patients, diagnose and treat acute illness and prescribe medications. The development of a highly-skilled nursing workforce is critical to ensuring a safe and effective health care system in Montana. Currently, there are over 15,000 actively licensed registered nurses (RN), and 2,800 actively licensed practical nurses (LPN) in the state. Understanding the characteristics of these workers is essential to predicting future workforce needs. As Montana’s population continues to age and demand more healthcare services, it will be increasingly important to ensure healthcare employers have access to a qualified nursing workforce....Read More

JAG PLB Webinar - December 6, 2016

Join JAG from you computer, tablet or smart phone and focus on a challenging problem or question, explore approaches for group formation and learn new teamwork strategies....Read More

2016-17 AHEC Brochure

A career in healthcare can be rewarding, challenging and exciting! There are a multitude of healthcare careers -training for more than 50 of them is available within the state of Montana. This brochure is designed to let students, counselors, teachers and parents know about post-secondary educational opportunities in healthcare careers at Montana colleges and universities. There are certificates as well as associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in healthcare fields awarded in-state each year....Read More


In 1978, Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck made a profound discovery--children who believed their intelligence could grow did better in school, and better in life. She called this basic belief about intelligence "mindset." In 2016, Carol Dweck's lab at Stanford, PERTS, partnered with ClassDojo to bring the Mindset lesson to classrooms through a five episode video series.......Read More

2016-17 JMG Logo Design Created by Paris Gibson Education Center

JMG selected the new logo for 2016-17 during the IGNITE Montana Conference held in Helena October 25th. 31 JMG programs from across the state submitted designs for this years contest. The logo design provided by the Paris Gibson Education Center in Great Falls will be used by JMG throughout the 2016-17 school year. Check out all of the ideas ...Read More

Montana Economy at a Glance - October 2016

At all levels of schooling, students face difficult decisions choosing courses or even a field of study. Balancing personal interests and abilities with career opportunities is a difficult task. This balancing act can be particularly daunting for students and workers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields. Jobs that utilize STEM skills have benefits like higher pay and broad opportunity that make them appealing. While some have interests in math and the sciences, others may need the added encouragement that high wages provide to pursue higher education in these fields. This article reports on the current level of STEM employment in Montana and characterizes STEM jobs in a way that allows students and job seekers to determine whether STEM is right for them....Read More

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) - Youth Program

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title IB Youth Program provides services to in-school youth ages 14-21 and out-of-school youth ages 16-24. The main thrust of the Youth Program is to increase the focus on career pathways, longer-term academic, and occupational learning opportunities and provide long-term comprehensive service strategies. Youth services are provided to in-school or out-of-school youth ages 14-24. The Youth Program is designed to prepare Montana’s youth to either enter post-secondary education, training or employment upon completion of their secondary education....Read More

Montana Labor Day Report 2016

Montana’s economy had an exceptional year in 2015, according to this year’s Labor Day Report. Each year, the Montana Department of Labor & Industry produces a Labor Day Report to provide information on the status and trends in the Montana economy. ...Read More

July 2016 Montana Economy at a Glance

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry strives to ensure that all Montanans have access to well-paying, in-demand jobs, and that Montana employers can find the workers they need to grow their business. As part of this effort, we produce employment projections by industry and occupation to improve job matching between employees and employers and to help future workers choose career and training paths that will be in demand in the future....Read More

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates Students Flourish after Graduation

Three previous Culbertson High School Jobs For Montana's Graduates students, now graduated young adults, are following their passions early in their adulthood by using vital tools they learned how to use from being active JMG students in their high school career...Read More

Jobs for America's Graduates Monthly Report: June/July 2016

Monthly JAG program report sent to the Council of State Affiliates and the Jobs for America's Graduates , Inc. Board of Directors. ...Read More

June 2016 Montana Economy at a Glance

The unemployment rate is one of the most widely used economic indicators. It is relevant and easy to grasp–everyone understands the importance of being gainfully employed, and realizes how job loss would impact our standard of living. In contrast to more abstract concepts like gross domestic product, personal income, or inflation, the unemployment rate seems very straightforward. But is it really?...Read More

Cody Boster Credits PAL for Helping Him Graduate

Project for Alternative Learning has been more than a good fit for Cody Boster, who graduates from PAL on Friday. It’s been a life-changing experience.One of the highlights of his 2½ years at PAL was a Jobs for Montana Graduates trip to Missoula, when they toured the UM campus and attended the JMG convention....Read More

Bring the Real World to Your Classroom with Nepris Virtual Guest Speakers

Nepris virtually connects professionals with classrooms to bring real-world application to your daily lesson plans. Each professional is providing a virtual talk on a specific date and time that is available for teachers for free! View their virtual talks from professionals from top engineers, scientists, authors, Nobel Peace Prize Winners, CEO's, and entrepreneurs from across the country with companies like Samsung, Disney, Expedia, Monsanto, and more! ...Read More

U.S. Department of Labor Soft Skills Curriculum

Soft Skills to Pay the Billswas developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor to help teach youth important soft skills and workforce readiness skills. It was created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, targeting youth ages 14 to 21. It is a modular, hands-on curriculum with engaging activities and fun games that focus on six key skill areas: Communication, Enthusiasm & Attitude, Teamwork, Networking, Problem Solving & Critical Thinking, and Professionalism. ...Read More

2016 IGNITE Montana Competitive Event Results

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates (JMG) Montana Career Association provides valuable tools to help Montana students improve their overall personal, leadership, and employability skills. The JMG IGNITE Montana Conference offers students the opportunity to showcase these skills and compete with other JMG students from across the state during the Competitive Events portion of the conference. The IGNITE Montana Conference showcases eight Off-Site Competitive Events such as, Web Page Design, Career Exploratory Notebook, and Poster Design and ten On-Site events such as Critical Thinking, Public Speaking, Employment Preparation, and Telephone Techniques to name a few. Check out the full list of conference sponsors and award winners...Read More

2016 IGNITE Montana Student Poster Design

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates (JMG) recently hosted their annual spring conference, IGNITE Montana, at the Radisson Hotel in Billings, MT. IGNITE Montana is JMG’s largest conference that gives Montana high schools and students the opportunity to showcase their employability skills. One of the most popular events at the 2016 IGNITE Montana Conference was the Poster Design event. In this event students are able to showcase their artistic skills, while representing the core values of JMG...Read More

Job Skills Conference Brings Hundreds of Students to Billings

About 300 high school students from around the state gathered in Billings on Wednesday and Thursday for the Jobs for Montana Graduates IGNITE Conference. Students learned about an array of careers and competed in competitive events over two days at the Radisson Hotel, formerly the Holiday Inn Grand....Read More

Art Competing for a Cause - Grizz Biz

Grizz Biz, North Middle School in Great Falls, will once again be involved with Art Competing for a Cause during the CM Russel Art Week. They will have a large Coat Rack and Shelf available as well as Corn Hole Games, Cutting Boards and Coasters Custom that have been laser engraved for the event....Read More

Are you a student looking for a summer job? Are you 16+ years old?

You may be eligible for the TANF Summer Youth Program. This Summer Youth program is a unique partnership between the Montana Department of Labor & Industry and Department of Public Health and Human Services to provide eligible youth meaningful summer employment opportunities. For additional information or to find out if you are eligible for the program, contact your local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program provider. ...Read More

Montana Teens in Culbertson Working Toward Ownit

In the technological world we currently live in, the Internet can be a good place or a bad place. The bad side can be anything from clicking a questionable link that creates a virus on your computer to cyber bullying....Read More

In Bridger, students help other students

When the 205 students attending Bridger Public Schools lean into a service project, the entire community — even people as far away as Billings — benefit...Read More

JMG Receives National Accreditation

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates gets high marks during the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Accreditation Review. The National Accreditation Process evaluates a state’s progress in implementing and/or maintaining the JAG Model....Read More

Riverside Middle School JMG in the News

The JMG program at Riverside Middle School in Billings is highlighted in the Billings Gazette...Read More

JMG Graduate Gets Connected

Last summer while Cory Buckley was completing an internship with Kinross, Inc. in Fairbanks, Alaska, he met a few Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) technicians and watched them work. In his words he, "liked the looks of what they were doing," so this year he interviewed with Tractor and Equipment Company, and before he knew it, the company accepted him to work at the CAT Rental Store. See Cory's story on page 6 of the Northern Network News and check his profile in the Student section of this Website....Read More

Jobs for Americas Graduates and USA Funds Award Montana Schools a $1 Million Grant Supporting Career Readiness Programs

Governor Steve Bullock was joined by Superintendent Denise Juneau, USA Funds President and CEO Bill Hansen, Jobs for America’s Graduates President Ken Smith, and Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.At a celebration at Great Falls High School on September 1, 2015, to receive a $1 million grant from USA Funds to support college and career readiness programs in high schools, colleges, and tribal colleges....Read More

Governor Steve Bullock Announces $1 Milllion Grant for Montana Schools

At a celebration at Great Falls High School on September 1, 2015, Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana received a $1 million grant from USA Funds to support college and career readiness programs in high schools, colleges, and tribal colleges....Read More

Riverside Student Representing Montana

On Thursday, the Riverside Middle School eighth-grader was honored for his work in a program designed to help him reach his goals. He was announced as one of just 31 students nationwide ...Read More

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