AT&T is proud to support JAG-NM, which has expanded its program at Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque. Terri Nikole Baca, External Affairs Director for AT&T New Mexico presented a $30,000 check to district and school officials on September 30 at a Rally, held at the school, honoring the JAG program. Both the JAG-NM state organization and Rio Grande High School received the “5-of-5” JAG National Performance Award.
Cabinet Secretary Celina Bussey, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, delivered the keynote address. JAG students, parents, district officials, NM Business Roundtable and JAG-NM Board members, school administrators and teachers and other invited guests were in attendance.
A new JAG student was heard saying, “Wow, I’m really glad I’m in JAG!”
“AT&T is committed to supporting efforts that keep our kids in school and empower them with the tools they need to succeed in 21st century jobs,” Terri Nikole Baca said. “JAG has proven successful in both, helping New Mexico students who may have otherwise dropped out of high school. We are pleased that through this contribution, JAG will now be able to help more students.”
AT&T’s $30,000 contribution has allowed JAG-NM to double the program at Rio Grande High School by hiring a second JAG Specialist who is serving 9th grade students Additional funding for the expansion came from the NM Public Education Department College and Career Readiness Bureau and Albuquerque Public Schools.
To honor the success of JAG-NM, Governor Susana Martinez proclaimed Friday, September 30, 2016 “Jobs for America’s Graduates Day” in New Mexico. Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education President, Dr. Dave Peercy, read the Proclamation to the audience. In addition to Rio Grande High School, JAG- NM has programs in Bernalillo, Mora, Rio Rancho and Zuni.