DCPS Seeks to Create New “Essential Skills” Program at Apollo

May 26 – Daviess County Public Schools plans to create a new position at Apollo High School that will help students learn what Superintendent Matt Robbins called essential skills for any employee to thrive on the premises. of work.

The position will be created in partnership with the nonprofit organization Jobs for American Graduates, which has reached out to district officials to expand its programming in that area of ​​the state. The position must be approved at the DCPS Board meeting on Thursday, May 26.

Jennifer Crume, director of secondary education at DCPS, told board members earlier this week that she wants to start this new class at Apollo, but JAG’s mission and motivation is for the program to be offered in all district high schools and colleges.

JAG is a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting young people of great promise that serves young people who face significant challenges and helps them achieve economic and academic success, according to its website, jag.org.

Crume said JAG’s three-pronged approach is to provide employer engagement for students, along with project-based learning opportunities, and a focus on trauma-informed care for the population of students who need it most.

“The quickest and easiest way to describe it is that it’s about soft employability skills that our students aren’t learning today,” she said. “They leave high school without those skills. It ensures they have them and it gives them direct connections to employers in our area.”

According to statistics provided by JAG, results for the Class of 2020 across the state include a 100% graduation rate of participants.

Robbins said the nonprofit is also willing to pay $40,000 in salary and benefits to hire the JAG educator.

Board member Tom Payne asked if this position would be permanent, and Robbins told him that as long as the JAG program was running, it would be.

Payne said when he learned that this program would involve teaching students soft skills, his interest and appreciation was piqued.

“It’s so important,” he said. “I’m excited to see how this program is working for us.”

Crume agreed and said a lot of people assume that by just being human you learn a lot of these skills, like critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking, professional writing and more. Again.

“But we know that’s not the case,” she said.

Bobbie Hayse, [email protected], 270-691-7315

Norma A. Roth