The Jobs for Arizona’s Graduate class is an education-to-careers program designed to help students graduate from high school, obtain a job and/or seek post-secondary education, and start a solid career path. JAG students participate in a comprehensive program with competencies that meet the needs of today’s employers (i.e. Career Development, Job Attainments, Job Survival, Basic Competencies, Leadership and Self –Development, Personal Skills, Life Survival, and Workplace Competencies). JAG programming blends project-based learning, trauma-informed care practices, and employer engagement opportunities to help students address and cope with challenges they face outside of school. They learn core life and work readiness skills to build a network for the future.
JAG students are members of the Arizona Career Association, a student led organization through which students develop teamwork, leadership skills, and participate in a variety of activities including service learning. The JAG coordinator provides continued support and follow-up services for graduates and non-graduates for a period of 12 months following the end of the senior year. JAG graduates have realistic expectations of the workplace, develop moral work habits, and recognize how to learn and perform on the job.
JAG helps students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in their careers by helping students overcome barriers to their academic success, learn career based skills, and practice those skills as they engage in their schools and communities.