The chatter of hundreds of high school students, teachers, mentors, and community volunteers fill the Lansing Convention Center in Lansing, Mich. with a hum of excitement. The students are about to face off in a series of competitions. Not as part of a spelling bee or sports event, but as a test of their employability skills. GradNation has long believed that the high school experience should prepare students for what happens next. Work-based learning programs like Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) are one way to give students the confidence, the support, and the skills they need to be successful in careers and civic life…

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