Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program Receives State and National Recognition for Serving Youth
August 26, 2020
Staff members with the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan have received state and national recognition for their work equipping young people with the skills to overcome barriers and succeed in education, employment, and in life. The Northwest Michigan Works! Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program served over 340 youth during the 2019-2020 school year. Students participating in the JMG program had a 99% high school graduation rate, 78% employment rate, and a 91% positive outcome rate which is a combination of employment, enrollment in post-secondary education, or enlistment in the military. Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at Cadillac Public and Innovation High Schools, CASMAN Academy in Manistee, Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career-Tech Center, the Wexford-Missaukee Career-Tech Center, and Out of School programs in Cadillac, Kalkaska, Manistee, and Traverse City.
The local JMG staff awards include Peak Performance Award, High Performer Award, Living our Values Award, and recognition for meeting or exceeding national standards. The awards were presented at the virtual JMG Summer Summit.
Lisa Baldyga, the JMG Specialist at the Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center, Cheryl Miller, the JMG Specialist at CASMAN Academy in Manistee, and Mike Vandermus, the JMG Specialist for the Char-Em ISD, each received Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) 5-of-5 awards, the organization’s most prestigious programming honor. The awards are given for meeting or exceeding national standards in five categories measuring student success, including graduation rate and job placements. Miller also received 5-of-5+1 recognition for helping her students achieve a high further education rate.
In addition to his 5-of-5 award, Vandermus was recognized as a JAG High Performer for his dedication to exceptional JAG programming and consistency in delivering on the mission to equip youth with the skills to overcome barriers and succeed in education, employment, and life.
Other individual awards went to Miranda Grunow, the JMG Specialist at Cadillac Public and Innovation High Schools, who received a JAG Peak Performance Award for serving youth with a high number of barriers and Susan Ward, JMG Manager for Northwest Michigan Works!, who received the JMG Living our Values award for embodying organizational values in her everyday work life.
Along with the individual awards the Northwest Michigan Works! JMG program received a national 5-of-5 Award for the fifth year in a row.
Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a premier youth opportunity organization delivering employability and education services to nearly 3,000 young people across 245 communities. Youth Solutions is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates organization (jag.org), one of the largest and most successful school-to-work systems in the United States. The JMG model consists of a comprehensive set of services designed to keep young people in school through graduation and improve the rate of success in achieving education and career goals. For more information on Youth Solutions and its Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming, visit ouryouthsolutions.org.
Mike Vandermus Miranda Grunow Susan Ward
JMG High Performer Award JMG Peak Performance Award JMG Living our Values Award
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