Providence Grove receives $500k from Toyota for jobs program

CLIMAX — Communities In Schools “Jobs For North Carolina’s Graduates” (JNCG) program will open a new site at Providence Grove High School in Randolph County after receiving $500,000 from Toyota North Carolina. It’s the second JNCG site in Randolph County, which was also funded by the carmaker.

“We’re thrilled to launch a second Jobs for North Carolina’s Graduates program right here in Randolph County thanks to Toyota North Carolina’s generous support of CIS,” said Paula Owens, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Randolph County in a statement. “As a sister site to the program opened last year at Asheboro High School, JNCG at Providence Grove will help even more of our area’s young people graduate with a plan for the future and build a solid path toward continuing education, certification and training to drive a prosperous economy.”

The JNCG program connects employers with students to show careers in their community and across the state. Students in the program work to master 31 crucial competencies like interview skills, workplace communications, teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution and problem solving.

JNCG has demonstrably improved outcomes for high school students who experience barriers to success, including data showing that 98% of JNCG students graduated high school and 90% were employed, in school or enlisted in military service after graduation.

“It is important to provide the resources, time and knowledge to help build stronger pathways to equitable education, and we’re grateful for our partners that share the same passion, said Mike Clark, general manager of quality at Toyota North Carolina.

State Sen. Amy Galey (R) joined CIS and representatives from Toyota at the announcement.

By Randolph Record