The County Press

Venture High School, Family Literacy Center bring JMG to students



Family Literacy Center JMG Specialist Katie Chrismer (left) watches as nearly a dozen Venture High School students complete the program.

Family Literacy Center JMG Specialist Katie Chrismer (left) watches as nearly a dozen Venture High School students complete the program.

IMLAY CITY — Students at Imlay City Community School (ICS)’s Venture High School have had the chance to shape their future, thanks to a special grant.

Jobs for Michigan Graduates (JMG) is operated through a partnership between the Lapeer-based educational nonprofit Family Literacy Center and GST Michigan Works. Through the JMG program, students are coached on all things “real world” — from the college application and financial aid process to interview preparation and resumes. Students enrolled in the JMG program undertake that guidance, and even when they’ve completed the program, there’s a 12-month follow-up period during which JMG specialists check in with the students.

One such specialist, the FLC’s Katie Chrismer, has been working with Venture students delivering a curriculum rich in intercommunication skills, resume building and household budgeting skills. The JMG program is available for any student at Venture, whether they’re intending to go to college, join the military or enter the workforce.

According to Dr. Dina Tallis, executive director of curriculum and instruction for ICS, the members of the Venture High School JMG group numbered ten and met weekly on Mondays to do team-building activities, small group work and individualized projects. The learning cycle lasted 12 weeks and will be set to start again after the Christmas break with another group of young people.

The JMG program is all about providing students with the tools to get ahead following high school, said Chrismer. “Seeing them make progress, identifying purpose and growing in confidence was the most rewarding part of working with these young people,” she said. “It’s so exciting learning about what is next for these individuals.”

Tallis said the program has been a boon for Venture students. “All in all, we are so grateful for the learning experiences provided through Jobs for Michigan Graduates and the Family Literacy Center,” she said. “Our students grew to be better human beings for the efforts put forth by the organizations and Mrs. Katie Chrismer. Thank you to all involved.”

For more information on Jobs for Michigan Graduates, contact the Family Literacy Center at 810-664-2737 or via email at ican@readlapeer.org.