Jackson County
Employability
PACT

What is the Jackson County Employability PACT?

PACT: Developing Soft Skills In Students

The Employability PACT is a soft skill training and assessment tool created to increase readiness of high school students for the workforce. The PACT was created by area businesses and educators to better prepare our young people for careers – by boosting soft skills.

Personal Management

  • Punctuality
  • Productivity
  • Integrity/Responsibility
  • Organization

Adaptability

  • Positive Attitude
  • Problem Solving
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Initiative

Communication

  • Effective Verbal Communication
  • Conveys Information in Writing
  • Active Listening

Teamwork & Collaboration

  • Respect
  • Contribution
  • Team Player
  • Cooperation

How it Works

Each student in each class will be rated on a scale of 1-4 in grades 9-12 for each category of the PACT:

Personal Management

  • Punctuality
  • Productivity
  • Integrity/Responsibility
  • Organization

Adaptability

  • Positive Attitude
  • Problem Solving
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Initiative

Communication

  • Effective Verbal Communication
  • Conveys Information In Writing
  • Active Listening

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Respect
  • Contribution
  • Team Player
  • Cooperative
+ Attendance Criteria

Exemplary 4

  • 0 Unexcused absences
  • 6 Tardies 1st period
  • 0 Tardies for the rest of the day

Proficient 3

  • 1-4 Unexcused absences
  • 6 Tardies 1st period
  • 4 Tardies for the rest of the day

Needs Work 2

  • 5-10 Unexcused absences
  • 10 Tardies 1st period
  • 6 Tardies for the rest of the day

Not Evident 1

  • 11 or more unexcused abscences
  • 11 Tardies 1st period
  • 7 or more tardies for the rest of the day

Mock Interview

By the middle of their senior year, if the student has received a score of 3 or 4 in all competencies and proficiencies (listed above), and has met the attendance requirement, they will be invited to sign up for a mock interview.

In order to sign up for the mock interview, the student must bring a copy of their resume (in-person) to their Work Based Learning Coordinator at their school.

A

Pact Proficient

B

Attendance Criteria

C

Sign up for Interview

D

PACT VALIDATED

Why Students Need This

The end result? If seniors “pass” the mock interview with high marks, they will be validated and given the following:

● PACT certification medal to wear at graduation

● A letter of recommendation endorsed by Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Group, JAMA, Jackson College and Career Access Center, Michigan Works! Southeast, Jackson Cradle to Career, Jackson Community Foundation, Junior Achievement, and JCISD

● Business community will be publicly notified of PACT validated seniors

This initiative is a hopeful solution to the many cries from employers saying our youth need training in soft skills.

Connecting Students With Employers

Once a student becomes PACT Verified, their resume will be sent to employers across Jackson county that have joined the PACT

Companies that have joined the PACT

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