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About JAG

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk.  In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.

 

 

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Nadia Bridwell, right, and Brandi Abrams, focus on assignments during a certified nurse’s assistant course Wednesday at Kinexus in downtown Benton Harbor. The women were able to complete their high school educations and continue their training through the Bridge Academy.

Learners & Earners Getting Left Behind

A business can run short of a lot of resources and survive, but the one thing it can’t do without is people.

That’s what Jim Kodis, owner of Regal Finishing in Coloma, realized as he has watched his employees approach retirement age, while young people shied away from careers in manufacturing. 

To counter the trend, Kodis works with Kinexus, the work force and economic development agency, to hire employees ready to complete their educations and advance their job skills at the same time.

Kei’Chelle Jordan Shares Her JAG Experiences with the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board

By Community Contributor brimsgard

Post-Tribune Community, ChicagoTribune.com

Kei'Chelle Jordan is a senior at Calumet New Tech High School, is in the top 10 percent of her class, and was nominated for Outstanding Senior at the State Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) Career Development Conference, where she received honorable mention. The Northwest Indiana Workforce Board (NWIWB) invited Kei'Chelle to attend their March 2015 meeting and share her experience with attending the State JAG conference and update them on her plans after graduation.

JMG Interviewed on SUPERTALK MISSISSIPPI about 1,500 Delegates at the JMG State Career Development Conference

JAG-Mississippi Students Timmy Kimber and Desiree Coleman and Executive Director Ramona Williams were interviewed on the Gallo Show on Super Talk Mississippi by Paul Gallo on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  Paul asked Ms. Williams to tell everyone what was happening on Thursday, March 26, at the Jackson Convention Complex. 

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.

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