COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
June 12, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Virginia General Assembly continues to allocate funds to Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) for programs in local school divisions using the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) national model. The Virginia Department of Education serves as fiscal agent for these programs. The primary mission of the JVG program is to assist high school students who are at risk of dropping out, or have other barriers to graduation and provide additional supports that enable these students to graduate, secure, and retain quality jobs.
Three programs – the senior-only model, the multi-year model for grades 9-12, and the middle school model for grades 7 and 8 – are being offered independently or in combination. School divisions use grant funds to employ a job specialist who will work directly with the students meeting the program criteria. Job specialists are required to attend national training seminars each summer in the month of July. The JVG model is presently serving students in 22 school divisions.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has granted JVG $100,000 for the school year 2009-2010 to offer grants in amounts up to $22,500. The grants are being administered by the Virginia Community College System and the Senior Advisor to the Governor for Workforce, Daniel G. LeBlanc. Program information is available at the JVG website: www.jobsforvagrads.org. The grants are for the 2009-2010 school year only but school divisions receiving grants will receive preferred status if additional monies are available for the 2010-2011 school year.
School divisions that are interested in submitting an application for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010) should obtain forms and applications from Temple Glenn, administrative assistant of Jobs for Virginia Graduates, at (540) 520-1494 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Applications are due to the Jobs for Virginia Graduates office no later than July 15, 2009. Direct all inquires to Barry Glenn, president and CEO, at (804) 513-1931 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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