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Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates Closes 2020 with National Recognition and Achievement

Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates Closes 2020 with National Recognition and Achievement
J4NG Student Trinity Pitts – Photo credit: Joe Durkin

For many, 2020 has been a year filled with challenges and hurdles, but Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates (J4NG), a statewide nonprofit organization that aids students in obtaining high school diplomas and finding career pathways, has defied all odds by completing its most successful year since the development of the organization.

Dr. Rene Cantu – Photo credit: Joe Durkin

Some recent achievements, contributions and notable recognitions include:

Recognition at JAG National Leadership Awards on Dec. 3

  • Nominated by Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, Chris Reilly, the director of recruiting and workforce development at Tesla was awarded JAG’s National Workforce Development Award for the creation of the Tesla Reno’s Manufacturing and Development program for J4NG students. The training program, which has just completed its fourth cohort of J4NG students, has resulted in 20 graduates from the Class of 2020 working full time at TESLA while attending the Advanced Manufacturing program at TMCC.  
  • Gov. Steve Sisolak, who is a member of the JAG National board and strong advocate for J4NG, was awarded the National Government Leadership Award by JAG National for his efforts in supporting the funding and program resources for J4NG. 
Governor Steve Sisolak – Photo credit: Joe Durkin

IBEW Local 401 Donates More Than $6,000 to Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates

When International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 401 learned about J4NG and its mission to help students achieve a North Star future, the union of electrical workers became passionate about partnering with the education-based nonprofit for a fundraising opportunity. In turn, IBEW raised $6,250 from their recent golf tournament, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to J4NG. The donation was presented to the organization on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Joint Apprenticeship Training Center by IBEW’s business manager Jacob Haas, and accepted by J4NG’s regional director Jim Dahl. Hi-res photos available here

Achievement of JAG National’s 5-Of-5 Award
Despite the growing challenges of the pandemic, J4NG has remained triumphant in student achievement this year and received the highest recognition award from the national organization, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), for surpassing a high standard of metrics across five different categories, including graduation rate, full-time placement rate, full-time job rate, positive outcome rate and civilian job/military enlistment rate. Due to these outcomes, J4NG celebrated its most successful year since the program began.