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JKG's CDC made possible by AT&T Aspire

Thirteen schools encompassing 114 students from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky gathered in Lexington on April the 14th to participate in JKG’s annual Career Development Conference made possible through a grant from AT&T Aspire.

Teens Get Second Chance in Local Nevada Schools

By Sydnee Scofield  

Posted: Tue 9:48 AM, Apr 18, 2017  

Updated: Tue 10:23 AM, Apr 18, 2017

Jobs for America’s Graduates is a national program, but it’s making a big impact in Washoe County in northern Nevada.

It’s a program designed to boost graduation rates by targeting kids at risk of dropping out of high school, and giving them specialized support.

JFG Student Dorian Hall Signed to FIU After Receiving 35 Scholarship Offers

Dorian Hall, a senior in the Jobs for Florida’s Graduates program and safety, wide receiver on the South Broward High School football team in South Florida, was just offered scholarships to 35 colleges including nine Division I schools. How did he get here? He says, “I continued to work hard on the field and it all paid off.” The sentiment that hard work is repaid with good fortune is something we strive to instill in our JFG students every day and we’re proud to say Hall is a shining example of this belief.

2017 Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Application

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Since 2009, the Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund has awarded 113 scholarships. Eighty-one scholarships were for $1,000 and thirty-two were for $2,000 for a total of $145,000 in scholarships for JAG graduates. Funding for the KMS Scholarship Fund has come from JAG Board members as well as the Western Union Foundation, Lillian Goldman Trust, Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Education Resources, Inc.

JAG-MN Students - Learned from Our Nation's Heroes

Three hundred Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) students had the privilege of hearing from two Medal of Honor recipients: Captain Florent Groberg and Sergeant First Class Melvin Morris. The decorated war veterans talked with students about decision-making and overcoming all odds.

JAG Chair Governor Bryant Helping President-Elect Trump with Transition Issues


JAG Chairman, Governor Phil Bryant met with Secretary-Designate of Education Betsy DeVos.

Governor Bryant remarked, "If confirmed, Secretary-Designate DeVos is going to be a great ambassador for educating our children.  As Chairman-Elect of the Education Commission of the States, I look forward to working with the Secretary-Designate to make public education great again in America."

The Senate Education Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVoss, President-Elect Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, on January 11, 2017.

JAG-Montana Class Delivers Christmas Tree

by Caleb M. Soptelean

POLSON – Helping others in need was on the agenda for some Polson High School students this month.

Students in Mark Rochin’s Jobs for Montana’s Graduates class delivered five Christmas trees to needy families last week. The class purchased the trees at a discount from PHS government teacher Bob Hislop’s tree farm, and three students and some staff members delivered them.

“It’s always good doing something nice for somebody,” said senior Justin Young, who delivered the trees with fellow seniors Bryce Henning and Chase Murrin.

Aspen Institute's Working in America

In 2016, the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program held six public discussions as part of Working in America, an ongoing discussion series that explores changes in the structure and culture of work and highlights promising approaches to help low- and moderate-income workers succeed in today's economy. Working in America events feature a diverse set of voices, including those of business leaders, practitioners, policy experts, labor leaders, workers, philanthropists, and academics, and bring attention to ideas for improving jobs and the economy as a whole.

AT&T Investment Assists JAG-MO Students

ST. LOUIS -Students at Normandy High School and Jennings Educational Training School (JETS) are benefiting this year from contributions made by AT&T Missouri. The contributions are supporting the Jobs for America's Graduates program at both schools.

Officials from the two schools and AT&T celebrated the grants in separate events today (Tuesday, December 13) at the two schools. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, who serves as a vice chair on the JAG National Board of Directors, joined the event at Normandy.

Area high schools serving more 'at-risk' students

By Miranda Klein , mklein@thetowntalk.com 3:10 p.m. CST November 25, 2016

Students leave Bolton High School as the final bell rings ending the school day.

The number of at-risk students at Rapides high schools is growing, according to 2012-15 state department of education data. To reach those students, officials say it's a matter of connecting.

Iowa JAG Students Excel at NSLA

Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) selected 10 students from across the state to compete and participate in JAG’s National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) in Washington D.C. iJAG's Kameron Houston from Davenport West High School was selected as the keynote student speaker at the annual National Leadership Awards Luncheon. Kameron shared his story with nearly 1,000 youth, Governors, corporate and foundation leaders, Presidents/CEOs, federal agency leaders, and distinguished guests. Kameron was the first iJAG student to achieve this distinguished honor in seventeen years.

Starkville JMG visits Carrington Nursing Home

The students of Starkville High School’s Jobs for Mississippi Graduates Class visited Carrington Nursing Home on October 28, 2016 and it was a memorable one!  Carrington is just one of three public nursing home providers in Starkville.  Ms. Janice Hogan is the Activities Coordinator of Carrington Nursing Home.  Ms. Hogan and her staff scheduled this visit as a “sing-along” activity and remarked that she would like my students to join them!  We were ecstatic! 

2016 NSLA Competition Winners

Over 800 students and Specialists attended JAG's Annual National Student Leadership Academy November 10-12 in Washington, D.C. This was the largest group the organization has had attending this conference.

The JAG National Network sent its best and brightest to compete in three competitive events: Math Skills, Employability Skills, and Public Speaking. There were over 150 total competitors in these three events.

 

The winners of these events are:

High school program in Newark with 100 percent graduation rate goal expands across state

A 100 percent graduation rate - that's the goal for students in Newark participating in a high school program called JAG, Jobs for America's Graduates, that is now expanding.

AT&T is proud to support JAG-New Mexico

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. 

Celebrating Jobs for Delaware Graduates on Their Path to Success

There were thousands of reasons Jobs for Delaware Graduates had for gathering and celebrating today at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington.

More than 300 guests, including Governor and Mrs. Markell, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, and former Congressman Mike Castle enjoyed a breakfast and a program with speakers who noted the remarkable achievements of some of the 60,000 students who have graduated from the Delaware program since its inception.  “This program is the real deal,” said Governor Markell as he spoke to guests.

Governor Tomblin recommended that Jobs for West Virginia Graduates, Inc. receive a grant of $130,000

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (October 25, 2016) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced 11 state recommendations for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Investment Program grants, totaling more than $5.1 million in grant funding. 

ASA CEO Richard Wahlquist Named to Board of Jobs for America's Graduates

Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association, was unanimously elected to the Jobs for America’s Graduates board of directors in late August. The JAG board is composed of 11 state governors (the largest number to serve on any board in the U.S.), national and state government leaders, national community leaders, educators, and business leaders, and is currently chaired by Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi.

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