JOBS for AMERICA'S GRADUATES

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Detroit Mayor Announced that USA Funds Committed $1.25 Million to Improve Graduation and Employment Opportunities for 900 Detroit Public Schools Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program

(City of Detroit—www.detroitmi.gov)

Mayor Mike Duggan announced on January 15, 2015 that USA Funds has made a $1.25 million commitment to improving graduation and employment opportunities for Detroit Public Schools (DPS) students through the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program. With this investment, up to 900 DPS students will receive instruction in job attainment and retention, leadership, and self-development paired with mentoring, academic support, and exposure to employers.

South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp Reported Jobs for America’s Graduates Reduces the Dropout Rate among Native American Populations!

By Jackelyn Severin, January 16, 2015, SD Public Broadcasting

South Dakota’s Secretary of Education says overall South Dakota students are doing well but there are few areas that could improve. The Department of Education provided a plan to lawmakers outlining 4 major goals to help students become ready for college and the workforce when they leave K-12.

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AT&T PROVIDES $168,120 CONTRIBUTION TO IOWA JOBS FOR AMERICA’S GRADUATES

Funds to Combat Dropout Crisis and Promote Workforce Readiness

One Millionth Student Identified and Honored

Des Moines, Iowa, December 18, 2014 AT&T today announced a $168,120 contribution to Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) to combat the high school dropout crisis in Iowa and prepare students for jobs and careers.

MacArthur student gives back while moving forward with her own recovery

URBANA--A Decatur student is turning her tragedy into a reason to create Christmas cheer and her classmates are helping her spread the holiday spirit. 

Taylor Beck is no stranger to hospitals, but she's always managed to make it home for the holidays. 

Jobs for Maine’s Graduates Teamed Up to Help Those Less Fortunate This Christmas!

Posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm
By Tania Morales, WABI TV 5

http://wabi.tv/2014/12/16/students-fulfill-holidays-many/

Nearly 70 students with the program “Jobs for Maine Graduates” teamed up to help those less fortunate this Christmas.

After spending a month fundraising more than $3000, the students went shopping in Skowhegan.

Laconia Middle School NH-JAG Empty Bowls Fundraiser Dinner 2014

On Thursday, November 13th 2014, Laconia Middle School NH-JAG students hosted ‘The Empty Bowls Fundraiser Dinner’ to raise money for a local food pantry. 

Over 100 teachers, students, families and community members attended the fundraiser.  Attendees donated a suggested amount of about $10 for a hand-made ceramic bowl.  A popular local restaurant, Tavern 27, contributed lobster corn chowder and vegetable chili to serve for dinner. 

JAG-Michigan/Kinexus and United Way Help Corey Huston of Benton Harbor Overcome Barriers to Employment

Corey Huston of Benton Harbor assembles automotive reflectors at Regal Finishing in Coloma. He got the job through the Benton Harbor Bridge Academy with Kinexus, which receives funding through the United Way of Southwest Michigan. Huston is one of almost 67,000 people helped by the United Way in 2013.

JAG Board Member John Engler is 2015 Association Executive of the Year

Association TRENDS announced John Engler as the TRENDS 2015 Association Executive of the Year.

Engler is president of the Business Roundtable, which represents CEOs of leading U.S. corporations. He also has been the chief staff executive at the National Association of Manufacturers and before that was a three-term governor of Michigan.

Gov. Jay Nixon visits Kennett High School to meet with students, recognize innovative program that keeps at-risk students in school

Kennett, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Kennett High School to meet with students, teachers and staff and to discuss the school’s successful implementation of the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program, which is designed to keep at-risk students in school to earn their degrees. The Governor, who was named as a member of JAG’s national board of directors this summer, held a roundtable with students participating in the program before speaking to a student assembly at the school.

GoDaddy Supporting Jobs for America’s Graduates 2014 National Leadership Awards in Washington, D.C.

Support will help JAG reach more youth at risk of dropping out

(November 2014) GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small business announced its support of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) to help at-risk youth graduate from high school and become college and career ready.

Michigan’s Manufacturing Day

On October 3rd, Benton Harbor and Bridge Academy Michigan JAG students took part in Kinexus’ second annual Manufacturing Day.  The day included tours of Mach Mold and Gaishin Manufacturing. The students also spent over an hour talking to exhibitors, which included manufacturers and educators, as well as career and technical education students, about careers in manufacturing. The event hosted more than 600 people and included two state representatives, two state senators, and Congressman Fred Upton.

JAG Essay Contest Winner Announced

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and AgCareers.com partner to share the excitement of agribusiness careers with talented post-secondary students.  This relationship has led to sponsorship of the sixth annual essay contest.  Grant Tarvin’s winning essay rewards him with a trip to attend the JAG National Student Leadership Conference which will be held in Washington D.C. in November. 

Program for At-risk LV Students Wins Grant

By SEAN WHALEY - LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU

CARSON CITY — A program designed to help at-risk students stay in school and become successful after graduation has received a $1.25 million grant that will allow its expansion into more Las Vegas area schools.

An organization called USA Funds awarded the grant to the Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates program established by Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2012. The program serves 21 schools in eight counties and has a goal of expanding to 50 schools across the state.

ACT Foundation Announces Six New Members of Advisory Council for Working Learners

Sage Zephier of Wagner, S.D., a 2013 graduate of Wagner Community School and pilot member of South Dakota’s first Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) class, has been named as one of six new members to the new national Working Learner Advisory Council. The ACT Foundation released the names of the six newest members to its 18-person board Sept. 8.

Wishing for the JAG Experience

Carrie (Pixler) Goodheart graduated from Pratt High School in Pratt, Kansas in 2006. She graduated on time and her grades were decent but doesn’t feel she had a clear direction for adult life. She is now the director of a new program at Pratt High School that she wishes had been available to her.

2014 National Student Leadership Academy

The 2014 JAG National Student Leadership Academy information is now available. November 20-22 in Washington, DC over 400 JAG students will gather to sharpen their leadership skills, network and tour the Nations Capitol.

JAG-SC Event Lends Opportunity for Agency Cross-Training

On Aug. 6, JAG-SC conducted its annual South Carolina Career Association Leadership Development Conference atWhite Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro.

Attendees included JAG-SC state delegates, which were elected by their peers to represent their school’s interests at the state level, and at least one career association officer from each local chapters.

Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas

Emporia High School students have a new opportunity to prepare for future employment thanks to a new program beginning this year.

Governor Sam Brownback Named to National Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates

Topeka – Governor Sam Brownback has been elected unanimously to the national Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates. The Governor was named to the board in July and will serve through January 2017.

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a national education and employment system designed to improve graduation rates and academic achievement for at-risk students. Currently, 25 Kansas high schools across the state are participating in the JAG program.

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