HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of Hattiesburg middle school students Thursday night celebrated their success in a program which stresses graduation and preparation for the job market.
They attended an Initiation and Installation Ceremony for the "Jobs for Mississippi Graduates" (JMG) Program at N.R. Burger Middle School.
It teaches interview and resume'-making skills for middle and high school students.
During the ceremony, new officers for the 2015-2016 school year were installed.
"(The program is) supposed to be geared towards at-risk students, but we open this program up for any of those who are interested in learning about career and future success," said Penny Potts, JMG specialist at N.R. Burger Middle School.
"JMG has helped me through a whole lot of stuff, it helps me to be brave, courageous," said Jason Gaines, an 8th grade student at Burger Middle School. "Miss Potts helps us with everything in class."
"(The program) taught me how to be a leader, how to build character and service skills, it's been great so far," said Laykyn Chapman, another 8th grade student at the school.
The program has been in Hattiesburg schools for six years and is affiliated with the national "Jobs for America's Graduates" program.