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JAG students visit Atlanta colleges


Eighteen students from J.A. Fair Magnet High School’s Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG) program visited three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College. The students were treated to guided tours of these institutions and were introduced to some of the historical sites on these campuses.

“When I arrived at Clark Atlanta and Spelman, I was in a different state of mind,” said J.A. Fair student Jasmine Hudson. “It was like nothing I had seen before. It was real colleges, and I visualized myself at the college scene experiencing the college life.”

The students will develop career readiness guides from this trip. The goal of this trip is to pique the students’ awareness about attending college. Clark Atlanta University is a private United Methodist school. Morehouse College is the nation’s largest private liberal arts college for men. Spelman College is a private independent liberal arts college for women and is part of the largest consortium of historically black colleges in the world.

“Since I have toured Morehouse it has made me a better person,” said student Stephon Lucas. “The tour guides were friendly and had lots of valuable and historical information to share with us. I am filling out my Morehouse application at this time.”

The JAG students will develop a plan of action using an electronic career portfolio which will serve as their personal guide to achieve their career goals by participating in a series of workshops that focus on self-improvement, academic improvement, development of good study skills and college admissions. This field trip also correlates with the state curriculum standards to engage students both inside and outside the classroom.

While in Atlanta the students also toured CNN headquarters, visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum and went to the Ebenezer Baptist Church memorial site. The students also attended a football game between Clark Atlanta University and Tuskegee University. The JAG curriculum is the driving force behind the selection of the various activities that will engage the students in real-life experiences. This field trip to the colleges and other Atlanta landmarks hopefully will help the students make sound choices about their choice of college or university.

The students who participated in the trip included Kalprisha Allen, Aliana Breaux, Jarrett Dixon, Tachina Frazier, Jennifer Gray, Jasmine Hudson, Aaron Jackson, Nitia Johnson, Stephon Lucas, Veronica Malone, Kevin Presley, Porsha Settlers, Keadrick Trotter, Tramell Walls, Kamesha Waters, Jasmine Wiggins, Christopher Williams and Alexandra Woods. The students were chaperoned by Mary Jacobs, JAG Specialist. This program was partially funded by a grant from the Public Education Foundation of Little Rock.

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