Jobs for Iowa's Graduates and AT&T Team Up to Provide Academic and Career Training

Support is part of a $3.5 million contribution to Jobs for America’s Graduates and will help reach more Iowa youth at risk of dropping out of high school

Jobs for Iowa's Graduates and AT&T are working together to help raise the high school graduation rate and support career paths for underserved students. Because of its success in keeping kids in school, Jobs for Iowa's Graduates was one of 24 state affiliates selected to share in $3.5 million from AT&T.

The JAG program equips students to overcome obstacles to a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Test. The program does this through mentoring, academic support, links to social services, and other interventions. Students are guided into post-secondary education, entry-level jobs with pathways to successful careers or the military.

Jobs for Iowa's Graduates will use the $100,000 to support local students.

“Helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in 21st century careers is a critical step to building the diverse workforce we need to power our company — and our country — for the future,” said Dustin Blythe, Director of External Affairs, AT&T Iowa. “JAG has a track record of success, and this funding will allow them to provide even more students the opportunity to thrive.”

In 2016, JAG’s network of affiliates reported a 95% high school graduation rate, compared to the national graduation rate of 83% in 20151. Currently, the JAG model is offered in nearly 1,250 public high schools, community colleges, and alternative learning centers in 34 states.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg joined AT&T State Director Dustin Blythe to present a $100,000 contribution to iJAG to expand to five additional sites. We were thrilled to celebrate the contribution at Boone High School late last month. Read more about it here.

In more than 3 decades of operation, JAG has helped more than 1.2 million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality, entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. The JAG Graduating Class of 2016 achieved 84% successful outcomes, meaning students were enrolled in post-secondary education or were employed (or some combination of the two) for a full 12 months after they graduated from high school.

Since 2008, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have provided more than $11.4 million in funding to JAG and its local affiliates. This support is part of AT&T Aspire, which helps provide access to education and the training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, AT&T has committed $400 million to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world.

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