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Posted: February 28, 2023

Students Shine in Mock Interviews

Rio Grande High's JAG class helps prepare students for life after high school

APS Board President Yolanda Montoya-Cordova interviews a student during a Rio Grand High School JAG event on Monday.

APS Board President Yolanda Montoya-Cordova interviews a student during a Rio Grand High School JAG event on Monday.

More than 60 Rio Grande High School JAG students showcased their career smarts in a mock interview event held to prepare them to enter the work world in the near future. JAG, or Jobs for American Graduates, is a national program focused on academics and careers. 

The JAG class at Rio Grande High School is taught by Kristine Moore, who over the past 10 years, has seen what can be accomplished when students get a little coaching in how to dress for a job interview, be confident in an interview, and shine in the workplace.

“JAG works because it attracts students who are hungry to succeed,” said Moore. “They know we’re here to advise and support them and that we stick around to ensure they are on the right path once they graduate.”

For one full year after graduation, teachers like Moore check in with students for a seamless school- to-work transition. The follow-up contributes to the curriculum’s evidence-based structure, which began in 1980 and has served more than 1.5 million students in the U.S.

Alondra Aguilera is a junior who plans to attend Johns Hopkins Medical School. Aguilera is highly competitive and determined to be the class Valedictorian. The school experience has taught Alondra plenty, but she believes one of her most valuable lessons stems from the global crisis she and many of her classmates struggled through. 

“The pandemic really taught me about accountability and taking responsibility for my actions,” she said. “That’s important as I look ahead to a career in medicine.”

Another junior JAG student, Kiley Nicoll, also participated in the mock interviews. With a resume in hand, professional attire, an eager smile and a forceful handshake, Kiley and her peers interviewed with CEOs, military leaders, executives, and APS Board President Yolanda Montoya-Cordova, an alum of Rio Grande and community leader.

Across the room, guest interviewers commented on the outstanding employability skills students exhibited. In an unscripted moment, JAG and Rio Grande graduate Ramon Ramirez showed up to share his acceptance to the University of New Mexico’s art and film school. Good news like this drives students and reminds them anything is possible. Hard work, guaranteed support, and positive outcomes continue to attract students and build our community.