Non-Profit beats Iowa’s 90% Graduation Rate by almost 10%

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iJAG is a long-standing and ever adapting non-profit organization connecting business and education to provide the most cost-effective dropout prevention and school to career solutions in Iowa. Students in the iJAG program have challenges in a conventional classroom because of the distractions and barriers at home, outside the classroom or even inside the classroom. Relying on real-world, project-based instructional methods and an unconventional approach to personal connections with students, the iJAG Education Specialists work within conventional learning environments to help remove barriers and show students how to achieve the next step of their career or education. Our goal is to help our young leaders find their passion and purpose, and then connect them with the resources they need to live it.

iJAG continues to focus on growth and expansion through continued strategic relationship building and outreach.In 80 sites with 30 affiliate schools, manufacturers in Iowa should reach out and make sure they are connected to the students. Through their earn and learn model the students are engaged in the work as they’re getting their diploma and absorbing real-life work experience. This makes them much more “workforce ready” than their traditionally educated counterparts. iJag is always looking for industry partners, so listeners should contact them directly at 515-216-3140.

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They view work-based learning on a continuum from relationship (student-employer interaction), to relevant understanding (mentoring, site visits, competency demonstration), to rigorous experience  internships, pre-apprenticeships, certifications, on-the-job training). They welcome employers at any level of engagement.

Work-based learning opportunities are the pinnacle of student academic experiences and of iJAG employer partnerships. They provide direct pathways to fulfilling, financially sustainable careers for students and deliver qualified young adults into the workforce  to help address current shortages and industry growth.

Working with iJAG, employers can develop an individualized workforce pipeline tailored to the specific needs of their industry. Business leaders have an early opportunity to evaluate a diverse group of local, next-generation workers and mentor youth who are likely to be successful on their staff. Together we establish critical competencies and work with students to achieve them, preparing students by teaching them the skills they will need on the job. Call them today!