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Jobs program expands to North Las Vegas

Jobs For Nevada’s Graduates, a multi-year program that’s designed to increase high school graduation rates, will head to four high schools in North Las Vegas. The schools include Canyon Springs, Cheyenne, Mojave and Legacy, which are all rated two stars in the Nevada Performance Network.

The expansion will cover 600 new students under the JAG nonprofit program.

The program assists students through a holistic approach, using classroom instruction, competency-based curriculums, adult mentoring, advisement and support and summer employment training. The program also implements student-led leadership development, job and postsecondary education placement services, 12-month follow-up services, and an accountability system.

Nevada was selected from among 32 states that have an affiliation with the JAG program. The decision is part of “Go Deep” strategy, a program that targets high schools with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

“The JAG National Board is devoting their resources to a program that we think will have a positive impact on North Las Vegas, as our national demonstration site for future model replication across the country” said Ken Smith, president and CEO of JAG. “We were also impressed by the range of support the initiative received from the state, county and school district. This was a national competition, and I’m pleased that Nevada came out on top with unanimous support from our board.”

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