2020 Career Development Conference

Welcome to the Virtual CDC Event

On April 28th, we were planning to bring more than 800 students and 200 volunteers and guests together at the Mesa Convention Center for a day filled with workshops and competitions, followed by a Scholarships and Awards Celebration lunch. Traditionally, the Career Development Conference provides JAG with a unique opportunity to recognize student leadership and achievements and to provide students a showcase to demonstrate their skills to potential employers. Though we cannot be together in Mesa, we can still take time to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our students.

Thank you to the many volunteers who have worked with us over the past several weeks to put together workshops, judge competitions, and participated in our ceremonies below. Special thanks to our Conference Sponsors, Funders and Employer Partners for helping to make this event, and all of our JAG programming possible.

Please check in to let us know you were here!

MORNING SESSION                   

Welcome JAG Family, to the 2020 Virtual Career Development Conference. Though this is certainly not the same as the CDC we were all expecting, we're glad you could join us virtually to celebrate the accomplishments of the nearly 1,400 JAG students across the state that have worked so hard this year.


Digital Presence: How to Craft and Maximize Your LinkedIn Profile

Presented by Samson Szeto, Corporate Social Responsibility with Zovio

PipelineAZ: Careers after Covid

Presented by Katherine Pappas, Director of PipelineAZ

Preparing for the Interview

Presented by Ashlee Jensen, Pathways Director of Arion Care Solutions, LLC

Honeywell is Hiring

Presented by Anthony Holt, Talent Acquisition for Honeywell


Explore education and employment information from our partners and reach out directly to our Partner Representatives to get answers to your questions.


Afternoon Ceremony

Check out the Opening for the afternoon portion of our program! A snippet from our University of Phoenix LEADS, "We are brought together by the power of technology, reaching out from our homes in effort to stay home, stay healthy, and stay connected during these challenging times."

Thanks to our generous partners, JAG continues to offer scholarships to remove financial barriers to pursuing postsecondary education and training.

And now a video presentation of our 
2020 Scholarship Awards  Presentations.
Please enjoy!

Scholarship Presentation

CDC Competition Winners

What every JAG student has been working hard all year for... Drum roll please!

For the past nine months, JAG students have been working through Jobs for Arizona's Graduates (JAG) to achieve academic, personal, leadership, and career skills. These skills will help them secure quality employment, military registration, pursue further education or training immediately after graduation. 

JAG Board members share special messages to JAG students, staff, Coordinators and more. Please enjoy these special messages.

JAG Board of Directors

2020 Ken Smith Scholars

The Ken Smith Scholarship Fund and The Smith Scholars Program were established by the JAG Board of Directors to recognize the extraordinary leadership and service of the President and Chief Executive Officer of JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc.), Kenneth M. Smith. This year,  six Arizona JAG students have been selected to receive this prestigious award!

Katelyn Peterson, Vice President of Chase Consumer & Community Banking Recruiting shares a special message for JAG Students for the 2020 CDC.

Special Message from Chase VP

Phoenix College Message to Students

Special message for JAG Students from Vashi Worley-Moore, MA, Phoenix College Student Life and Leadership Student Services Specialist, Sr. and Bridging Success Coach.

JAG Board member, Fred Lockhart, shares a special message to JAG students and the graduating Class of 2020. 

Special Message to JAG Seniors


A Message from Mrs. Trinetta Lipsey, Director of Programs and Training

Congratulations to all of you! Thank you for attending the 2020 JAG Career Development Conference.Remember to check out the workshops available in the JAG CDC link.

We may not be present in the same physical space but we are still connected and here to support each and every one of you. We miss you and are so proud of the amazing citizens you are becoming. We are JAG strong! Be great. Be Safe. And take care of one another! Peace, Love, & #JAGFAM!


  • 3rd place – JAG Works Tolleson

  • 2nd place – Westview High School

  • 1st place – Paradise Valley High School


  • 3rd place – Ashley Villegas, Compadre Academy JAG

  • 2nd place – Michelle Islas, Santa Cruz JAG

  • 1st place – Shanahyah Hairston, Paradise Valley JAG

Program Cover Design Winners

1st place – America Sanchez Coronado & Zariah Ayers, Paradise Valley High School

2nd place – Jaleen Baray Ortiz, Coronado

3rd place – Karla Moreno, JAG Works Tolleson

Writing Skills Winners


1st place – Sierra Linda

Sierra Linda JAG Upperal Apparel

2nd place – Compadre Academy

Compadre Academy JAG Upper Apparel

3rd place – La Joya Community 

La Joya Community JAG Upper Apparel

Project Based Learning Winners

  • 3rd place: La Joya High School

  • 2nd Place: Paradise Valley High School

  • 1st Place : Sierra Linda High School


Division 1, Upper-Class Winners:

TOP PUBLIC SPEAKING WINNER: Shanahyah Hairston, Paradise Valley JAG, for the highest individual score across all divisions.

2nd Place - Graciela Parada, Coronado High School
3rd Place - Luis Mendez, Paradise Valley High School

Division 2, Under-Class Winners:

1st Place -Naila Cardiel, JAG Works Tolleson
2nd Place - Eric Alfaro, JAG Works Tolleson
3rd Place - Colby Aguayo, JAG Works Tolleson
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