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J-E announces JETI-21 workforce prep program

Jordan-Elbridge Central School District this week unveiled plans to implement a major workforce preparation program, the result of a partnership between the district and several area businesses and educational institutions.

The J-E Technological Institute for the 21st Century, or JETI-21, is the product of the district's 18-month long Workforce Preparation Initiative Think Tank, created in response to area manufacturers.

Modern manufacturing is a vital component of our Central New York economy, said Steve Maloney of MACNY. We often hear only the bad news, but there are plenty of cutting edge companies in our region that are doing very well. It's hard to explain why public schools and manufacturers have had so little communication, but the JETI-21 project is a good example of what can happen when such communication takes place. MACNY has been very involved for the past 18 months and our organization would like to see more of the same across our region.

It is our belief that the preparation of our workforce cannot begin too early, Superintendent of Schools Marilyn Dominick said. The district is in its second year of offering a Pre-K program.

The Jordan-Elbridge community proved its commitment to the initiative when it approved construction of a technology addition at the High School, as part of the Capital Project. The new space will include a large group lecture room and several state-of-the-art classrooms for instruction. Businesses will be assisting in the design of the new space.

For more, see next week's edition of The Advocate.

JETI-21 key facts

*Guidance Plan will provide students with a career domain component from Kindergarten through 12th grade to ensure that all students and their parents have meaningful purpose in their educational program.

*In grade eight, each student will use the WorkKeys program to determine their career aptitudes and interests.

*All eighth-graders will participate in extensive programming to explore careers, including conversations with employers, learning about the requirements for entry into each career area, whether or not local opportunities exist in that career area, and what they may expect to earn in that career area.

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