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Jobs for Kentucky, AT&T to Provide Career Training
Kentucky Ag Connection - 12/04/2017

Jobs for Kentucky's Graduates and AT&T are working together to help raise the high school graduation rate and support career paths for underserved students. Because of its success in keeping kids in school, Jobs for Kentucky's Graduates was one of 24 state affiliates selected to share in $3.5 million from AT&T.

The JAG program equips students to overcome obstacles to a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Test. The program does this through mentoring, academic support, links to social services, and other interventions. Students are guided into post-secondary education, entry-level jobs with pathways to successful careers or the military.

Jobs for Kentucky's Graduates will use the $130,000 to launch six new programs throughout Kentucky.

"Helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in 21st century careers is a critical step to building the diverse workforce we need to power our company -- and our country -- for the future," said Hood Harris, AT&T Kentucky President. "JAG Kentucky has a track record of success and this funding will allow them to provide even more students the opportunity to thrive."

In 2016, JAG Kentucky reported a 100% high school graduation rate, compared to the national graduation rate of 83% in 2015.1 Currently, the JAG model is offered in nearly 1,250 public high schools, community colleges, and alternative learning centers in 34 states.

"We are thankful to for the opportunity to partner with AT&T," said Lisa Handziak, President, JAG Kentucky. "The funding provided by AT&T will help us reach our mission of leading our graduates through a successful transition into the workforce, training or postsecondary education."

In more than three decades of operation, JAG has helped more than 1.2 million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. The JAG Graduating Class of 2016 achieved 84% successful outcomes, meaning students were enrolled in post-secondary education, were employed, or some combination of the two within 12 months after they graduated from high school.

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