Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) Opening New Program in Red Oak

“Unlocking Student Potential One Obstacle at a Time!”

Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) is pleased to announce the launch of a new leadership development program in the Red Oak Community School District.  The new program will focus on 11th and 12th grade students at Red Oak High School. Superintendent Tom Messinger states that the program is a “meaningful learning experience for the student which encourages them to invest and excel in their future.”

The mission of iJAG is to assist students with multiple barriers in graduating from high school and and/or successfully transitioning from high school to continued education and careers. To accomplish this work iJAG provides an individualized and comprehensive approach that occurs in and out of the classroom. Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates is nationally accredited and has produced a 95% graduation rate with participating students last year in Iowa. Laurie Phelan, President/CEO of iJAG stated, “Having mutual goals of unlocking student potential and supporting the development of a future ready workforce is a perfect fit with the Red Oak community.”

Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates has been providing programming across the state since 1999. In its inception, iJAG started with six programs and has grown exponentially to 45 programs this year. Success comes by leveraging state and local funding to consistently increase the level of private sector investments in the education/career development of the participating students. The cost to launch the program is $72,500. Funding includes an investment of $20,000 from the school district, major grant funding from AT&T and contributions from local, state and national private and public partnerships.

We are pleased to welcome the iJAG program into Red Oak as they begin to work closely with the school district administration, local agencies, civic organizations and businesses to implement a quality iJAG program for the benefit of our school district and the community.

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