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NH-JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates)

NH Jobs for America's Graduates (NH-JAG) will implement a mix of services designed to not only keep students from dropping out of school, but to prepare students for the world of work. Our intent is to assist students with completing their high school diploma or GED. Providing occupational skills training and opportunities to utilize those new skills in the workplace through the delivery of pre-employment and work maturity competencies. The ultimate goal for all students is to provide the learning and training skills needed to maintain long-term employment and build a future career.

The primary goal of this program is to provide students with well rounded knowledge and some hands on experiences and training about the world of work. Through the implementation of the jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) Model, NH-JAG's goal is to improve student achievement in areas of academics, leadership, work and social skills. We will do this by assisting each high school student in graduating from high school and assisting in post-secondary education and/or entering the world of work. For the out-of-school students, we will assist with the GED process if needed and completion of a college certificate program with resources needed so they may enter the adult work with educational and skills based training that will allow each student to succeed in the workforce.

The JAG Model is a program tested and refined by JAG-National since l980. It is designed to provide a mix of services through the employment of a Youth Specialist, who serves as an adult mentor responsible for delivering group and individual instruction in an integrated series of 37 employment competencies and Individual Development Plans (including remediation services, personal guidance, and academic skill development), and establishing a student-led Career Association Chapter that promotes leadership social skills, civic responsibility, group interaction, and future labor market success. In the out-of-school model, students are recruited via presentations made to local school counselors and youth organizations that may be appropriate within the local community.

Classroom instruction is designed to improve employability skills and develop job readiness skills that New Hampshire employers acknowledge are fundamental to success on the job.

The immediate post-program goals include success in the areas of academics, employment and/or post-secondary education and for some the completion of an occupational skills certificate from the Manchester Community College in Manchester. Upon program completion, the Youth Specialist also offers sustained follow-up services throughout the twelve month follow-up phase.

NH JAG sites


  • Manchester Memorial High School
  • Woodsville High School


  • Claremont NH
  • Concord NH
175 Ammon Drive, Suite 212
Manchester NH 03101
(603) 647-2300
Fax (603) 668-1627

New Hampshire Department of Education
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Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711