What does it mean to be college and career ready? More importantly, what do students need to get there? Individual drive, parental support, and a quality school system all help, but some students still face significant challenges to completing high school. Providing every student with high-quality education to prepare for academic, career, and lifelong success is one of the goals of the SEMCOG/MAC economic development strategy.
National high school graduation rates for public schools in 2014-2015 were 83.2 percent — higher than Michigan rates at 79.8 percent. For low-income students however, the discrepancy was even greater: 76.1 percent for the U.S. and 67.5 percent for Michigan. Lack of a high school diploma is a critical barrier to academic and career opportunities.
Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) is the state affiliate of a national dropout prevention and recovery program. It helps students transition to post-secondary education and careers by helping them overcome barriers such as low basic skills, transportation, and workplace readiness. There are now 38 programs serving 25 communities across the state with a 95 percent graduation rate.