JAG-WA Investing in Every Student
Jobs for America's Graduates-Washington (JAG-WA) is a dual focused program,
which assists young people in staying in school through graduation. JAG-WA
provides students an opportunity to attend a high school or skill center while
working toward graduation, and learning job seeking skills.
Jobs for America's Graduates-Washington fully implements the philosophy of
Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) national
program. That philosophy is to provide students with personal management and
employability skills. The model also connects students to career and technical
education programs in an effort to give the students technical skills leading to
post-secondary education, apprenticeships and living wage careers. The JAG Model
is committed to 12 months of follow-up services for all participating high
school seniors. The beauty of JAG-WA is that it provides students with positive
mentors, and reasons to stay in school. Those commitments result in increased
academic achievement, and hope for a promising future with employment or further
JAG-WA uses a national model that relies on data collection. The "Specialist" is
a dedicated staff person responsible for identifying students and their
barriers, creating student profiles, and delivering a series of model services
(instruction and interventions) which will assist in overcoming student
barriers. The Electronic National Data Management System (E-NDMS) system tracks
not only student achievements, but also the barrier removal process.
Since its pilot year in 2010-11, the JAG-WA model has grown from 16
participating schools to 38 schools in the 2016-17 school year. Over 5,550
students have participated in JAG-WA with an average graduation rate of 95%
between the years of 2014 - 2017.
JAG-WA's annual student career development conference includes various
competitions, workplace and professional skill development, with training
sessions in the areas of leadership and career awareness, along with
post-graduation training and educational options. The conference is a gratifying
experience for students and community supporters.
While the JAG-WA program, is managed by the Office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction, the Jobs for Washington's Graduates (JWG) Foundation is a private
registered 501(c)3 nonprofit created to support, develop and promote
JAG-WA sites and programs in Washington.
To learn more about JAG-WA, contact Mary Kanikeberg, JAG-WA Program Supervisor at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 725-4964.