Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
Now in its fourth year, the Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) initiative at Stonewall Jackson High School (SJHS) is seeing impressive results. More students are meeting graduation requirements on time and securing quality jobs once they graduate.
JVG students recently toured trade schools in Northern Virginia, Richmond and the Tidewater area. The career exploration field trip, led by JVG Coordinator Stephanie Nash, Assistant Principal Dr. William Turner, and Art Teacher Taylor McManus, took students to the Culinary Institute of Virginia to see a demonstration on how to fillet a fish and sample ceviche. They also stopped by the Advanced Technology Institute in Virginia Beach, where they explored jobs in auto mechanics, diesel mechanics, HVAC and Welding. At ECPI here in Manassas, students were able to try their hands at phlebotomy and radiology.
“The world has opened up for these students,” shared SJHS Assistant Principal Rhonda Carper. “They now have a heightened sense and awareness of the opportunities unknown to them just two days before the trip.”
This past October, Jobs for Virginia Graduates recognized Stonewall Jackson High School with the Five for Five Award for achieving all five of the national standards for the program.