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JAG Program

Jobs for Arizona's Graduates (JAG)

JAG’s mission is to help young people stay in school and to acquire the academic, personal, leadership and vocational skills they will need to be successful upon graduation.

Governor Ducey serves on the Board of Directors for Jobs for America's Graduates.

JAG Announces Class of 2016 Results

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), one of the nation’s largest and most successful programs for helping young people succeed in school and on the job, has announced the results for the graduating class of 2016, as the support services to ensure student success in finding jobs or entering college concluded on June 1. The results are the best in the 38-year history of JAG.

The JAG State Affiliates and the front line staff across 1,200 locations in 34 states worked with more than 57,000 young people to achieve these extraordinary results:

      • Graduation Rate: 95%
      • Employment Rate: 63% (Highest achieved in 26 years – more than double the rate for the population we serve and triple the rate for securing full-time jobs)
      • Full-time Jobs Rate: 75% 
      • Full-time Placement Rate: 90%(combination of work/college that equals full-time commitment)
      • Postsecondary Education Enrollment Rate: 43%

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Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) is a non-profit 501(c)3 that partners with school districts, the business community, the public sector, and other non-profits to support and assure the success of its mission. JAG’s mission is to help young people stay in school and to acquire the academic, personal, leadership and vocations skills they will need to be successful upon graduation. JAG's mission is realized through four program applications. Ti find out more, please visit the pages below.


The JAG Programming began in 1979, when Governor Pete du Pont of Delaware initiated a School-to-Work Transition Program as an answer to the high percentage of underemployed and unemployed high school graduates. In collaboration with business associates, community and education leaders, the JAG Senior Program began in 8 schools. Jobs for America’s Graduates was established in 1980 to provide additional states with access to the JAG Model. From this humble beginning Jobs for America’s Graduates has grown into a state-based national non-profit organization currently operating programs in 33 states dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.

In 1980, Arizona adopted and implemented the Jobs for America’s Graduates School-to-Work Transition Model for high school seniors. In 1990, Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the leadership of key business and community representatives including: Cathy McKee, David Howell, Rob Melnick and others. Over the past 30 years, over 30,000 young people have received JAG services and gone on to become accountants, nurses, teachers, business owners, fire fighters and even elected government officials.

Today, JAG has 25 programs in Arizona schools serving over 1,200 students and is consistently exceeding the national standards set by Jobs for America’s Graduates.

Click here to find out more about Jobs for Arizona's Graduates.

Click here to find out more about the national JAG program.

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