Seventeen Highland Park High School students will learn basic business skills in a nationwide program intended to help students reach graduation. The Jobs for America’s Graduates, or JAG, was kicked off yesterday by Governor Sam Brownback as he visited Highland Park High School and three other schools across the state. Twenty-five Kansas schools are participating in the first year program.
While JAG is new to Kansas, the program has been in existence for more than 30 years and is focused on preventing dropouts among young people most at-risk. The program in Kansas will be administered by Communities in Schools.
Highland Park teacher Mike Munoz says students will meet every week and learn basic business skills like how to write a resume and how to prepare for a job interview. Local business people will speak to the students. Munoz says he has developed an individual academic plan for the students and he will make sure they are attending their classes and keeping up their grades.
The JAG website reports a 93% graduation rate among the students involved in the national program last year.