JOBS for AMERICA'S GRADUATES

Multi-Year Program Application

After three decades of operating the Senior School-to-Career Program, the Multi-Year Dropout Prevention Program is rapidly becoming the most popular of the high school programs in hopes of keeping students in school through graduation. There is considerable interest in recruiting students in the 8th grade and deliver support services for four years prior to graduation from high school. Due to graduation requirements, only 25 percent of the graduates will be enrolled in the program for the entire four years.  However, the early intervention has resulted in similar graduation outcomes for those with or without four years of support services.

  • The JAG intervention in the Multi-Year Program lasts up to 60 months. Students are recruited in the 8th grade to attend JAG instructional classes during the 9th, 10th, 11th and/or 12th grade and they receive support services for one year following graduation.
  • Specialists deliver an array of counseling, employability skills development, career association, job development, and job placement services that will result in either a quality job leading to a career after graduation or enrollment in a postsecondary education and training program.
  • The 35-45 students served in the Multi-Year Program normally possess more barriers to success (on average) than students in the Senior Program. It is essential for specialists to identify barriers upon entry to the program, then, use the Barrier Tracking feature of e-NDMS to determine progress in overcoming those barriers which are not permanent.
  • The JAG National In-School Curriculum, consisting of 87 competency-based modules, provides 870 hours of classroom instruction for those students that stay for the four years of a Multi-Year Program.
  • The Multi-Year Program services also include a capstone 12-month follow-up period during which Specialists are actively involved in intensive one-on-one employer marketing and job development activities to identify entry-level job opportunities for students after graduation or GED completion.
  • Specialists assist graduates in the exploration of postsecondary educational opportunities and show them how to navigate the financial aid process to pursue these opportunities.
  • Non-graduates receive additional assistance in graduating from high school or completing requirements for a GED certificate before the close of the 12-month follow-up period.
  • Specialists track the labor market and schooling/training activities of these JAG participants on a monthly basis.
  • Specialists are expected to maintain contact with students that are not able to stay enrolled in the Multi-Year Program to determine if they graduated from high school.  In addition, it is of value to determine their plans to seek employment and/or pursue a postsecondary education. 

Outcome Goals

JAG Specialists are held accountable for the following process and performance outcomes:

  • 90 percent GED and/or high school graduation rate
  • 80 percent experiencing a positive outcome, including: employment, postsecondary education enrollment, or military
  • 60 percent employed in a job in the public or private sectors
  • 60 percent employed in a full-time job
  • 80 percent in a full-time placement, including: full-time job; full-time postsecondary enrollment; or, a combination of work and school
  • 80 percent improvement in attendance rate
  • 80 percent improvement in self-esteem index
  • 80 percent improvement in GPA
  • 90 percent participation in JAG Career Association meetings and activities
  • 80 percent increase using pre- and post-test knowledge assessment
  • 90 percent participation in service learning projects
  • 80 percent decline in discipline referrals
  • Students are selected with no less than a 5.0 average number of barriers
  • 90 percent of participants with reduction in one or more barriers
  • Average number of contact hours per participant:  120 contact hours
  • Average number of JAG competencies attained:  60 over a four-year period
  • 100 percent of participants are being tracked accurately and in a timely manner using the Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS)
  • 5 percent or less of graduates in the unable to contact rate category
  • 30 percent pursuit of a postsecondary education