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UTTC to launch ‘Jobs for America’s Graduates’ program
30 July 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College has been awarded $75,000 to establish a “Jobs for America’s Graduates” (JAG) program at the college.

      The two year award was made available as part of the Governor’s set-aside in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title 1 funding.

      It will be used to hire a specialist and conduct a program of instruction and career advising for tribal colleges students to help boost graduation and placement rates.

      Use of the Governor’s set-aside was announced in June by James J. Hirsch, Director of the Workforce Development Division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

      Governor John Hoeven is a member of the JAG National Board of Directors. In 2008, Governor’s set-aside funds were used for North Dakota’s initial JAG pilot program in Williston Public School District #1. Funding from WIA, and the Vocational Rehabilitation American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helped to expand the pilot to Williston State College and New Town Alternative School.

      UTTC’s will be the fourth JAG program to be funded in the state. It will use the North Dakota JAG “Early College Success” model that was piloted at Williston State and colleges in Iowa.

      The UTTC program will target college students at risk for dropping out or not completing their higher education. It will serve between 35 and 50 students with the goal of keeping them in school through gradation, gaining employment skills, and securing employment and /or post secondary education during a 12-month follow-up period.

      The grant provides up to $50,000 for a fulltime JAG specialist for year one and up to $25,000 for year two.

      “This is genuinely appreciated and needed,” said David M. Gipp, UTTC president.

      UTTC established a Steering Committee to manage the program. The college has entered into a contract with the Department of Commerce and began advertising for the specialist position. The specialist will become a member of the college’s Department of Career Development, located in the Jack Barden Center for Student Life and Technology.

      For more information contact Annette Martel 701-255-3285 x 1446, amartel@uttc.edu.


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