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Date:January 13, 2017
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LWC celebrates AT&T donation to Jobs for America’s Graduates program

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Executive Director Ava Dejoie joined Governor John Bel Edwards and AT&T Louisiana President Sonia Perez to celebrate the announcement of AT&T Louisiana’s generous contribution of $150,000 to the Louisiana Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program.

“Gov. Edwards and I agree that helping more Louisianians complete higher levels of education and obtain nationally-recognized industry certifications is critical to the development of a strong and sustainable workforce,” said Executive Director Ava Dejoie. “I am so proud that Louisiana has the largest JAG program in the nation and I look forward to expanding it even further to open the doors of opportunity to as many at-risk students as possible.”

JAG is a nationwide, non-profit program that helps students facing difficult challenges earn their high school diploma or equivalent degree, successfully attend a post-secondary institution and find meaningful employment. In 2015, the program had a 94 percent graduation rate, a 76 percent job-placement rate and an 80 percent full-time jobs rate.

In September, Gov. Edwards announced the expansion of JAG in Louisiana from 69 to 115 sites for the 2016-2017 school year, expanding the program to 37 school districts to serve approximately 4,600 middle and high school students.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.

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