From Classes to Careers

We think of diplomas like entrance tickets; you can’t get in without one, but they’re only the start of the show. At JMG, we’re always looking to the second act, answering the important question of “what comes next” for our young people. For us, the answer always includes a meaningful job that covers all of the bills for years to come. Our young people find the most relevance in academic courses when they’re connected to the world of work. In fact, we believe jobs are so important to student success that we named our organization after them!

While completing school, JMG students participate in employability skills training and career exposure activities that prepare them for the workplace. Once diplomas are in hand, we devote at least 12 months to helping graduates secure employment.

Before JMG I had been struggling with my future tremendously. I had no clue where I was going and how I planned on getting there. I had no hope. After being introduced to the program my life has done a complete 180, and my faith in myself has been restored. I obtained my GED this summer of 2017.  Keeping a constant connection with my wonderful supervisor Michael Cain, helped me get my first step into my career pathway- health science. I just finished my CNA program through Premier Medical Academy and thrived. I would have never been able to be where I am at and set myself up for nursing school if it wasn't for this program and their help with all my expenses. Not only has my future changed, but my entire outlook on life has too!

— Maddie Elder, Jackson Service Center – Michigan Works! Southeast

Our Approach


  • Partners with vocational training providers to teach hard skills for employment
  • Connects our graduates to employment opportunities


  • Visits to the workplace
  • Engaging in hands-on activities
  • Meeting employers long before graduation


  • Practicing interviewing skills
  • Interviewing with volunteer employers


  • Competing in employability-based competitions at regional, state, and national levels
  • Receiving performance feedback from employers judging the competitions