A promising partnership

Pushing at-risk students toward graduation

UNG has partnered with the Georgia Department of Labor, Hall County Schools, and community and business leaders to bring the Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG) program to northeast Georgia.

JGG is focused on preventing dropouts among high school students who are most at-risk by providing training, mentoring, counseling, and leadership development. The three-year pilot program includes Dawson County High School, Stephens County High School and Johnson High School in Hall County.

“Jobs for Georgia Graduates has an exceptional record helping students overcome various barriers to graduation and work,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “In the recent school year, 99.6 percent of our JGG students graduated, which is significantly higher than the overall statewide high school graduation rate of 78.8 percent.”

JGG’s mission is aligned with UNG’s Regional Education and Economic Development (REED) initiative, which is focused on partnerships and collaboration, furthering access to education, and supporting the region’s workforce development.

“JGG ties-in with UNG’s ongoing efforts to build collaborations and share successful community practices to increase educational attainment across the northeast Georgia region and strengthen the region’s economy. As a JGG partner, UNG will assist with classroom instruction and training that has the ability to impact up to 350 high-risk students within UNG’s service area,” said Dr. Richard Oates, vice president of UNG’s Gainesville Campus.

Students in the JGG program receive one-on-one counseling and support with employability skills training, career counseling, leadership and self-development, and social and civic awareness. Additionally, students receive 12 months of placement and follow-up services immediately upon graduation to ensure a path to success.