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Breaking Barriers: Jason Ortiz's Journey of Success Beyond Graduation


Jason Ortiz, a Jobs for Michigan's Graduates (JMG) alumnus from the Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan (BASWM), is a shining example of success. His remarkable accomplishments exemplify the transformative power of JMG in helping youth overcome barriers and find their path to achieving a future beyond imagination.


Jason's path to success was not without its challenges. Before joining the JMG program, he was hindered by lack of transportation and struggled to envision a promising future for himself. These challenges could have easily derailed his aspirations, but Jason's experience in JMG changed everything. Through JMG, he was connected to a supportive community and an abundance of resources that helped him navigate his future career path. JMG helped Jason overcome his barriers by facilitating transportation for field trips and worksite visits, acquainting him with local job opportunities, and teaching him how to financially plan for a future vehicle. During his time in the program, he engaged in a variety of activities that not only taught him crucial workplace skills but also fostered a sense of camaraderie with his fellow classmates.


A pivotal moment for Jason was a talent tour of Lyons Industries that he took with his JMG class. This experience provided him with a firsthand look into the professional world and what it means to work with a family owned, family run business.


This tour provided him with the spark he needed to complete his education and determine his next steps, all with the help of his JMG specialist guiding him along the way. After graduating high school in 2019, Jason applied to, and earned a position at Lyons industries and is now working in the quality control department.


Jason Ortiz's story showcases not only his unwavering determination and belief in his abilities but also the life skills he learned during the JMG program, which have been integral to his ongoing success as a Quality Control Specialist. Moreover, the eye-opening experience of the JMG talent tour at Lyons Industries expanded his horizons, guiding him towards a career path he might never have imagined before. Jason's remarkable trajectory is a reminder of the huge potential that can be unlocked through the right blend of education, support, and opportunity, inspiring us all to aim higher and dream bigger.


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