Governor Parson Visits Hillcrest Education Center

Monday, November 12th, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson visited Hillcrest Education Center to discuss career preparation opportunities for students, as well as workforce development. Student representatives from the new Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program at Hillcrest and from GO CAPS Lake Region shared some of their personalized experiences through these programs and how those experiences are guiding their futures.

JAG student representatives shared their personal progress within the program, and how it’s changed their outlook for the future. JAG is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk high school students stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education, and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. The Governor and First Lady have been co-chairs of JAG-Missouri for many years, and were excited to see the positive impact the program is making in its first year at Hillcrest Education Center.

GO CAPS students shared about how the program has allowed them to explore various career fields and hone in on a plan for their futures. During the school year, GO CAPS students go through many personalized career experiences including job shadowing and completing a real-world capstone project for a local employer.

“Your life is in front of you and you can make it what you want,” Mrs. Parson shared with students. “I’m very proud of you for stepping up.”

“Authentic workplace experiences are key,” said Lebanon Schools Superintendent Dr. David Schmitz. “We’re actively working to give our students experiences such as job shadows, internships, apprenticeships and more. We couldn’t do this without the partnership base we have across our community, and our local business partners are elbow to elbow with us to prepare kids for their futures.”

Governor Parson went on to share the importance he places on career exposure for all students, as well as workforce development throughout Missouri.

Missouri Senator Sandy Crawford, Representative Jeff Knight and Representative-elect Suzie Pollock were in attendance for the event, as well as representatives from the City of Lebanon, the Lebanon School Board, local industry, and the Lebanon School District.

Contact Us

What can we help you with?

  • Central Office Phone: 417-657-6001
  • Central Office Fax: 417-532-9492

Follow Along

Keep up with Lebanon Schools on Facebook & Twitter!