Focus on Jobs Keeps Kids in School

DETROIT — All across Michigan, families and students have celebrated high school graduation. Earning that high school diploma is a building block to higher education, apprenticeships, a job or military service. We have all seen the statistics in the difference in earnings and the social outcomes of completing high school.

Why then, do some students decide to drop out? As an educator with nearly 30 years experience I have found that the most common reason is that students don’t understand the “why” of school. Why do I have to learn this? When will I ever use this subject in real life? How does school connect to what I might want to do?

When these questions get answered, the magic happens. This year our district partnered with a program called Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, administered in partnership by Southeast Michigan Community Alliance and Youth Solutions, Inc, a statewide non-profit focused on ensuring Michigan’s young people win in education, employment, and as citizens.

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Windover High School Celebrates Grads

MIDLAND — It was a night of celebration for 36 graduates from Windover High School, including 18 from the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program.

More than 200 family members, friends, Windover High School board members, staff, and community partners joined in the recent celebration at Bullock Creek High School Auditorium. Graduates completed a variety of programs including academic, career and technical education to help them get prepared for the next steps of their lives.

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Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program Receives National Recognition

TRAVERSE CITY — The Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan has received national recognition for the third year in a row. The program, coordinated in the region by Northwest Michigan Works!, has received a 5-of-5 Award from the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Board of Directors.

The 5-of-5 Award recognizes JMG programs that meet or exceed national standards in five categories measuring student success, including graduation rate, further education rate, and job placements. JMG helps Michigan’s young adults graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment.

The 5-of-5 recognition was awarded to the JMG programs Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates at the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center, and the Wexford-Missaukee Career-Tech Center. Northwest Michigan Works! also offers JMG Out of School Dropout Recovery programs in Kalkaska and Manistee.

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