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Toyota, Sen. Galey and community leaders celebrate new program that equips high schoolers with workforce-ready skills and bright futures in Randolph County .

Jobs for North Carolinas Graduates Program cuts ribbon on new site

ASHEBORO –  Communities In Schools “Jobs For North Carolina’s Graduates” program has opened a new program site at Asheboro High School thanks to support from Toyota. Representatives from Toyota and community leaders had a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 17 at Asheboro High. 


Students in the Jobs for North Carolina’s Graduates (JNCG) program will share how the program is shaping their skills and plans for the future. 

The JNCG program works directly with employers to expose students to careers in their community and across the state. Each student works to master 37 crucial durable skills and workplace competencies like interview skills, workplace communications, teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution, and problem solving with the goal of reaching the graduation stage with a plan for the future. Students are also exposed to career opportunities in their communities to expand their interests in family sustaining wage opportunities and move on to pursue post-secondary education/training and secure quality jobs with the goal of career advancement. 


“We’re excited to partner with Toyota to launch a Jobs for North Carolina’s Graduates program for high schoolers in Randolph County,” said Paula Owens, CEO of Communities In Schools of Randolph County. “JNCG will not only help our students graduate with a plan for the future, but also build a solid path toward continuing education, certification and training to prepare our next generation workforce and keep Randolph County’s economy thriving.” 

JNCG is an evidence-based program that improves outcomes for high school students who experience barriers to success. The most recent data shows: 

· 98% of JNCG students graduated high school 

· 90% were employed, in school, or enlisted in military service after graduation 

“Creating opportunities for the future workforce is key in today's market", said Emily Holland, corporate communications manager at Toyota North Carolina. "That's why Toyota partners with local educators to identify needs and create programming to bring career awareness and readiness to the forefront of our communities." 


Other program partners include NCWorks, NC Department of Commerce, NC Job Ready, Duke Energy, AT&T, Honeywell, GE Aviation, and businesses across North Carolina’s 8 Prosperity Zones. 


Working directly in schools across the state, Communities In Schools building relationships with students to empower them to stay in school and succeed in life. CISNC College & Career Specialists connect students to strong relationships with caring adults, evidence-based services, employer engagement opportunities, juvenile reentry services and community resources to empower them to learn, thrive and power the future. Learn more at www.cisnc.org and stay connected with CISNC via Instagram, on Facebook, and Twitter.