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Meet our May Specialist of the Month: Carolyn Miller



Meet our Specialist of the Month winner for May, Carolyn Miller, a Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) in-school specialist from Pershing High School.  Carolyn has been a JMG Specialist for over 9 years and has been making a huge impact in the lives of the youth she serves. We asked several questions so you can get to know Carolyn better: 


Why did you become a JMG Specialist?

 It hit every bullet point I was looking for!  I literally feel like I everything I have done before led me to this job.


What inspires you about your job?

Student success (even when it is delayed), my inspired colleagues, especially my Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) colleagues, and knowing that what I do matters.


Recall a favorite memory about being a specialist. (an event, a youth accomplishment, etc.)

There are too many - I will say that my absolute favorite memories include seeing a student achieve a sought-after goal. 


What is one of the greatest challenges you face in your job?

Students that don't understand how important IT ALL IS.  Everything we teach is vital and will be needed. 


What is one of the greatest highlights/joys of your job?

Daily hugs, developing relationships, especially with hard-to-reach kids, daily interactions with students, and ongoing relationships with former students over multiple years. 


Why do you think JMG is so important for youth?

We provide the whole package - love, support, financial literacy, emotional engagement, and career prep, of course. 


Share your hobbies: Do you have any pets, what do you like to do in your spare time, etc.

I am a voracious reader - primarily YA sci-fi fantasy.  I babysit all my grandkids (4 with 2 more on the way).  I do have a doggo - Oliver - who is almost 11.  I am also very involved with my church where I teach the toddlers and run the nursery. 


What is a fun fact about you: 

I am an identical twin!  Her name is Julie. We are mirror twins -  I am a leftie and she is a righty. 


Nominations are open to ALL, including our employer partners! If you know a phenomenal specialist, we encourage you to nominate them as our June Specialist of the month.


Nominate a specialist who deserves to be recognized, here.

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