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JAG Goes To College

Nicole Padilla pads across the campus of Thomas College wearing boots, leggings, and a thick, dark sweatshirt bearing the school's name. It's clear as she heads inside the Harold Alfond Academic Center and sidles up to a small coffee bar to order her first shot of caffeine for the day, that Nicole is at home here. Thomas is a small, friendly business and liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine, a town that sits thirty minutes north of Augusta, the state's capital. 

Montana JAG Supports One of Their Own

Most high school students can count grades and parents as the top stressors in their lives but many JAG students face adversity that goes well beyond the “normal” stress of life as a teenager and then there a few JAG students  that face serious health issues in addition to their struggle with academics. 

Students at Hutchinson Middle School-8 Raise Money to Help Patients Battling Blood Cancer

WICHITA, Kan.– Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students at Hutchinson Middle School - 8 raised $2,016 to support blood cancer research through giving up their personal time and resources to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pasta for Pennies program.

Governor Daugaard Meets with JAG Students Testifying to House Appropriations Committee to Expand JAG in South Dakota

Wagner Community School’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students Jordan Drews, Ashton Zephier and Ebony Tiger, along with Superintendent Linda Foos and JAG Specialist Renee Van Der Werff, traveled to Pierre on Friday, February 6, to testify to the House Appropriations Committee in support of HB-1191, a bill to expand the JAG statewide program in South Dakota. 

Each student talked about why they believed the JAG Program has been important to them personally, as well as why expanding JAG would benefit the State of South Dakota.

Gov. Bryant Visits Lanier High, Talks with Jobs for Mississippi Graduates Class

JACKSON, Miss— Governor Phil Bryant sat in with Jobs for Mississippi Graduates students at Lanier High School in Jackson Tuesday. 

Students were speaking about their life goals, career dreams, and the reasons why people had to work. Some students said bills, some said to make money for hobbies, one said he wants to work for self-fulfillment.

Governor Bryant relayed his story the students. Bryant was born to a blue collar family. He was the first to graduate high school or college.

Going Solo

Illinois students that are part of the Jobs for America's Graduates class at MacArthur High School took on a class project this academic year. The project, a computer simulation of running a small business asked them figure out costs to run the business like supplies, marketing, rent, utilities, and employee salaries. The next task was to determine whether their business could make a profit and if not, what they could do to make the business profitable.

AT&T Foundation Helps Maine Address Skills Gap

Foundation Awards JMG $200,000 to Expand Career Prep Services to Cony High School Students

(Augusta)  - Over the last 21 years, Jobs for Maine's Graduates has helped to inspire and prepare more than 25,000 students to graduate from high school with the skills, support and confidence to succeed in the workplace.  Today, we are very excited to announce that, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation, JMG has just opened a new program to serve students at Cony High School in Augusta.

JAG South Carolina –The Swansea High School Food Pantry

Many schools care for their own and recognize that their job duties and the role they play in the lives of their students reaches far beyond the classroom.  As the JAG community can attest to, students who face adverse conditions in their homes have consequences in the classroom. When kids are hungry, tired, and distressed they become distracted.  Today’s schools often step in to fill a much more global role than learning and academics.

2015 Smith Scholars Application

The application for the 2015 Smith's Scholar Program is now available.

Smith Scholar Application

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.

Listen to the Audio (mp3 format)

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.

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