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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JMG’s East Jordan Student Represents Region in D.C.

EAST JORDAN — An East Jordan High School student was chosen to be one of three students from Northern Michigan to travel to Washington, D.C., as part of the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Student Leadership Academy.

Jared Piechan, a senior, is the first from the school to be chosen for the program. The leadership program took place Nov. 29-Dec. 1. More than 850 students from around the country took part in the leadership academy.

“It’s through our Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program that we’re teaming up with Northwest Michigan Works! and Char-Em ISD to really kind of integrate our students and the workforce to create connections,” said Matt Stevenson, East Jordan superintendent. “This was a leadership opportunity (Jared) earned and was chosen for.”

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