March 29, 2012 — Preparing High School Students for 21st Century Demands

The New Jersey Department of Education and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development have launched the Jobs for America’s Graduates pilot program in New Jersey (JAG-NJ). Some 70 students from Asbury Park High School, Barringer High School in Newark and Camden High School are the first to participate in JAG-NJ. Students in the pilot high schools have been involved in activities such as taking job preparedness workshops, gaining real-life work experience, meetings with representatives of area colleges and discussing “work-world” scenarios. “This program is the perfect example of how state government, schools and the private sector can work together to help students prepare for the demands of the 21st century while making sure that all students, regardless of zip code, have both the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college and life,” said acting education commissioner Chris Cerf. To learn more about JAG online, visit: