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Jobs for Michigan's Graduates

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What is Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates?

Jobs for America's Graduates ( is a nationwide dropout prevention and recovery program for youth. The statewide Jobs for Michigan's Graduates program helps Michigan's young people who are at risk of dropping out of high school, or who have already dropped out, graduate and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. Students enrolled in the program are youth who have barriers to success, including deficiencies in basic skills, transportation, income and economic status. Many are from families with low educational attainment levels. Click here to see the impact JAG has had throughout the country.

The program in Michigan 

JMG Michigan mapJobs for Michigan's Graduates started in Benton Harbor, Mich., in 2008. After successfully serving Southwest Michigan for three years, Jobs for Michigan's Graduates started growing the program statewide. In the 2013-2014 school year, the program served 407 students across Michigan.

Why is Jobs for Michigan's Graduates important?

When we don’t show young people the path to meaningful employment or postsecondary education via a high school diploma or GED, we put the vitality of our economy, our workforce and our communities at stake. Nationally, one-third of our youth leave school prematurely—in Michigan that number is one in four. Jobs for Michigan's Graduates has proven to be a game changer. In the 2013-2014 school year, 95 percent of Jobs for Michigan's Graduates seniors obtained a high school diploma.

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What do students learn?

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates teaches leadership, financial literacy, problem solving, career development and interpersonal skills in a fun, interactive learning environment. Students earn credits toward graduation and possibly early college credit. Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is designed to enhance, not replace, the standard school curriculum. Click here to hear directly from a student about what she learned in the program. Click here to hear from an employer about the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates students he’s hired.

Components of Jobs for Michigan's Graduates:
  • Classroom instruction
  • Competency-based curriculums
  • Adult mentoring
  • Advisement and support
  • Summer employment training
  • Student-led leadership development
  • Job and postsecondary education placement services
  • 12-month follow-up services
  • Accountability system

What is the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates Career Development Conference?


Each year at the Career Development Conference, top Jobs for Michigan's Graduates students gather from around the state to showcase the skills they’ve learned in the program. They build confidence while competing in events that test their leadership, communication skills, teamwork abilities, and creativity. This past year’s event included competitions in video production and marketing, problem solving, presentations on in-demand careers, mock interviews, and business etiquette.

How do I learn more about Jobs for Michigan's Graduates?

Contact Director Kristin Harrington at or 269.927.1064, ext. 1149.  

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