Career Development Conference
The Career Development Conference (CDC) is an annual event where JAG Nevada students showcase their competitive spirit through poise and confidence in meeting the career element of their Plan of Work. Students will be competing amongst their peers in various competitive events, participate in interactive workshops, and attend the awards luncheon.
Students from 22 schools from every corner of Nevada will compete in Public Speaking, Building Effective Teams, Employability Skills, Career Association Chapter Display, Critical Thinking and Decision Making. Students will also engage in the Pyramid Game, by forming groups and attempting to complete a timed task in competition with other schools. This game allows JAG Nevada participants to collaborate with other kids from all over the state.
This year’s CDC will be held on Monday May 18, 2015, at the Texas Station Resort and Casino from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will close with an Awards Luncheon where medals will be presented to winners of each competition. This concludes the JAG Nevada program’s career component of the career association and is the final appearance for most, as seniors exiting the program will move on to post-secondary education, vocational training, full time employment or the military.
JAG Nevada Legislative Day
JAG Students from across Nevada convene at the Nevada State Legislature, State Capitol and Supreme Court in Carson City during the Legislative session for a day of leadership development, job shadowing and demonstrating the skills they have learned in their JAG classroom.
JAG begin Legislative Day with Breakfast at the Legislature Building. After breakfast with legislators, JAG students shadow legislators during committee meetings and are introduced on the Senate and Assembly floors.
Tours of the state capitol will give JAG students the opportunity to learn more about their state history and government. After the tour of the capitol, students will engage in a round-table discussion with members of the state Supreme Court.
Legislative Day gives JAG students the opportunity to practice the skills they learn in JAG, and to develop their leadership skills by connecting with some of the state’s most notable leaders. Upon returning to the classroom, Legislative Day participants share their experiences and insights with their fellow students and pass on what they have learned to their fellows.
Initiation and Installation Ceremony (I&I Ceremony)
In the fall, JAG Nevada high school programs all over the state prepare to kick off their school year by hosting an Initiation & Installation Ceremony. In Clark and Washoe Counties, high schools convened together to hold larger joint I&I ceremonies, which provided students with a sense that they are a part of a movement that is bigger than their classroom or their school. In smaller rural areas, the I&I Ceremonies take place each year at the high school.
The purpose of these events is to induct students into their Career Associations, and to swear in those students elected by their peers to serve as officers.
Each school runs its ceremony slightly differently, but all involve traditions such as the lighting of candles or thanking parents for their support of the students, keynote speeches by members of the business community or local legislators, and a reception with family and friends.
Some programs also choose to hold a Closing Ceremony in late spring to celebrate accomplishments.