Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a federally funded program that is committed to equipping students with the skills needed in today’s workforce.  The JAG program has been in Missouri for the past 30 years but as of June 2018, the Plato R-V School District is one of 22 schools in Missouri to welcome this program! We are so excited about the opportunities that this program will bring to our students.

JAG will be offered to 9-12th graders this school year.  The program focuses on teaching soft skills that employers are seeking as well as life skills. Emphasis is placed on building self-confidence, communication skills, budgeting, resume writing, social awareness, and service learning.


Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) programs are nationally recognized innovative high school programs. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real-world problems, using industry-standard tools, and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high-skill, high-demand jobs.  The program is open to high school juniors and seniors.


Work Release

The Work Release program provides seniors with the opportunity to earn credit while fulfilling job experience obligations. Students can work with a local employer who does regular evaluations of their performance. Students must be present at school for two class periods if intending to participate in sports.

College Courses

Students have the opportunity to take selected dual enrollment seated classes or online classes through Drury University and OTC, and Missouri State University. Students participating in online college classes will enroll in a learning lab class which provides them with online time during the school day to work on their college classwork. A dual enrollment seated class counts as both high school credit and college credit. It is taught by a qualified educator through a participating university. These classes do require payment. Contact Mr. Atterberry for more information.