The ultimate objective of an iJAG program is to provide participants with classroom and work-based learning experiences that result in a quality job, leading to a career after graduation or completion of the HiSET high school equivalency program. The primary process objectives differ depending on the program type. iJAG has four types of program applications:
- High School Model: The primary objective is to keep participants in high school through graduation and improve the rate of success in achieving education and career goals. This model is currently offered for 11th-12th graders at 22 high schools, and for 9th – 10th graders at 8 high schools.
- Out of School Model: The primary objective is attainment of graduation requirement or HiSET high school equivalency program and the attainment of occupational related skills. This model is currently being offered in: Ottumwa, Accelerated Career Academy, Davenport, Mid City High School, UTEC, East Moline, Illinois and Moline High School-Coolidge Campus, Moline, Illinois.
- Early College Success Model: The primary objective is completion of a degree-seeking program at the community college level. This model is currently being offered at the Urban Campus of the Des Moines Area Community College.
State administrators and Iowa businesses have taken a leadership role in implementing this program to provide Iowa educators and communities a viable solution to high dropout rates, low academic performance, youth unemployment and the increased demand for quality employees.
iJAG provides an effective strategy to strengthen education systems by serving youth needing additional assistance in completing a secondary education, pursuing post-secondary education or training, and/or entering the workforce in a quality job leading to a career.
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- Academic Performance
- Job Placement
- Continued Education/Training
iJAG operates 37 programs in 30 schools, serving a diverse population of students across the state of Iowa and Illinois.