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Jobs for America's Graduates-Washington

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(360) 725-4964

JAG-WA Investing in Every Student

Program Purpose
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 the 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 education.

Specialists
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.

Success Data
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.

Opportunities
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.

Jobs for Washington’s Graduates State Foundation Information
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 mary.kanikeberg@k12.wa.us or (360) 725-4964.​

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JAG students demonstrate leadership skills through community service; Rochelle Schletzbaum, JWG student, speaking to a gathering of legislators and educators at Puget Sound Skills Center.  Read more stories...

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