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Two Districts Awarded $30,000

Federal Way, Highline will use money to improve graduation rates and prepare students for success

OLYMPIA — November 23, 2016 — Two Washington school districts recently received grants that will help them support students to overcome barriers and find success in and after school.

The Jobs for Washington’s Graduates (JWG) program was awarded $30,000 from AT&T Aspire that will expand JWG programs in the Federal Way and Highline School Districts for the 2016-17 academic year.

Funds from AT&T Aspire will be matched by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction OSPI to total $60,000 – $30,000 for each district.

The money will help the districts improve graduation rates and prepare students for success in life, especially those in danger of dropping out of school.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn was instrumental in the creation of JWG in 2011. “The program has helped thousands of students find their path,” Dorn said. “It does that while keeping students in schools and getting diplomas. I applaud AT&T for the grant program and hope that Jobs for Washington’s Graduates continues to grow.”

JWG is the Washington chapter of Jobs for American’s Graduates, a nationwide program that supports students in overcoming barriers, finding a career path, and graduating with a plan to pursue either college or career after high school.

While JWG has been active in Federal Way for a few years, this year the district added the JAG program at Thomas Jefferson and Todd Beamer High Schools. Highline is starting new program at Mount Rainier High School to go along with the JWG program at the Puget Sound Skill Center.

According to its web site, AT&T Aspire funds programs that “have clearly articulated program outcomes focused on improving student success such as:

  • Increasing high school graduation rates;
  • Increasing on-time promotion to the next grade or on-track to graduate rates;
  • Increasing credit accumulation and completion of core courses;
  • Improving attendance rates; and,
  • Reducing behavioral and disciplinary problems.”


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


   Updated 11/23/2016

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