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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From Bleak to Bright Future

MUSKEGON — D’Angelo Green will graduate from Muskegon Heights High School Academy with a very bright future. But the outlook hasn’t always been so positive.

At the start of his senior year, D’Angelo lacked the essentials needed for graduation and success beyond high school: credits, motivation, maturity and basic employability skills. He was ready to drop the program that would help him turn his life around — Jobs for Michigan Graduates.

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A Michigan Grads Program Sets Its Sights High

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ten years ago, Michigan was struggling as much as anywhere in the United States. There was no end to the recession in sight, and the state’s famed automotive and manufacturing industries were facing an uncertain future. The communities that depended on those industries were suffering from layoffs and a diminishing tax base, which hit school districts in turn. For places like Benton Harbor, a small city in the lower peninsula that had below-average high school graduation rates even in the best of times, a crisis seemed imminent.

That’s what compelled a group of community leaders to bring the nationally acclaimed Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program to Michigan. Aptly named Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG), the program improves high school graduation rates and prepares students for success post-graduation.

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