Jobs for America's Graduates expanding in NV
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A program helping the most at-risk students graduate high school and find their path into the workforce will soon expand in Nevada.
Sixteen schools across the state will offer the Jobs for America's Graduates program, or JAG, by early next year.
A handful of schools, including Wooster High School in Reno, are already providing the program. At a press conference there Monday, Governor Brian Sandoval said that $750,000 approved by the legislature last session will help expand the national program even more throughout the state to students who need the support.
"It takes the most at-risk students at the most at-risk schools and provides them with a JAG specialist who works with them. They all identify what they want to be when they graduate from high school, so it provides opportunities to strengthen their academic abilities to go to college or to have a career."
Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez says JAG targets first generation students who are either first in their family to attend college or their parents did not go to college.
"Over forty percent of my high school students are first generation, and it's so important for us because we know for those children, many of them live in poverty and, frankly, they have significant obstacles."
At the press conference, officials also announced a $70,000 donation from AT&T for the program at Wooster. By 2015, the school district has a goal of raising the county graduation rate from 72 percent to 80 percent.