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Developing Leaders

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-affiliated program based on a national model, available to juniors and seniors in high school that teaches them resume building, career exploration, and creates available tools for students to explore different curricula. JAG’s mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities, or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. In Marion County, there are fourteen high schools with nineteen programs, plus a College Success program at the Ivy Tech central campus.

The Marion County JAG program is unique in that it has ties to the Mayor’s office through Project Indy, is on the committee for the Congressman André Carson’s Youth Opportunity Fair, partners with numerous local businesses to provide work-based learning opportunities, and badges all students through the Job Ready Indy programLearn more about JAG successes on our blog.

Marion County’s JAG program has earned a 5/5 status the past five years and is recognized as a Gold Standard program nationally. JAG participants maintain better than a 90% graduation rate and over 80% positive outcomes (full-time hours in postsecondary education or job).

“The JAG National Network will make a measurable difference in the outcomes of public education and workforce development systems at the national, state and local level.  We will strive to increase opportunity and reduce poverty and unemployment by fostering A Nation Without Dropouts.”

-JAG National Vision Statement

JAG Programs are located at the following high schools in Marion County:

  • Arsenal Tech
  • Beech Grove
  • Ben Davis
  • Crispus Attucks
  • Decatur Central
  • Decatur Township School for Excellence
  • George Washington
  • Indiana School for the Deaf
  • Indy Met
  • McKenzie Career Center
  • North Central
  • Shortridge
  • Southport
  • Warren Central

EmployIndy worked with FedEx to offer a work-based learning experience to JAGstudents from George Washington High School. Check out the video below to learn more about the experience and how impactful it was for the students and the FedEx staff who participated.

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TIF Training Grants

The funding for TIF Training Grants comes from the NextLevel Jobs program, overseen by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. These grantees are reimbursed for their work to hire, train, and retain Indianapolis workers. It removes the financial barriers that many employers face during the hiring process and allows them to provide opportunities for growth and employee success throughout the training process.

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Increasing Employer and Workforce Engagement

The vision behind NextLevel Jobs stems from the need to engage the current workforce and provide individuals with opportunities to grow within their company. In order to receive reimbursement for hiring and training, the employee must stay on for at minimum six months.

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