Jobs for West Virginia’s Graduates

West Virginia students are our future and greatest asset. In West Virginia, many students need additional support to make their dreams a reality. Jobs for West Virginia’s Graduates uses the proven Job’s for America’s Graduates model- which has a 96% graduation rate- to provide life-changing results.

Jobs for West Virginia’s Graduates (JWVG) helps students of great promise who are facing challenges realize their potential and reach their goals. This is achieved by placing a caring adult in their lives to help guide them toward high school graduation and equip them with the personal and professional skills to transition into higher education, the workforce or the military.



Why We Do It

All students need a caring adult in their life. This is especially true for students that have faced challenges to their success. That’s why at JWVG our focus is on our students. Not only do we help prepare them for the “real world” while they’re in school but we stay by their side for up to 12 months post-graduation…. But don’t let us tell you—see it for yourself:


Outcomes Rate
Full Time
Out of School

*Based on 2018 data from Jobs for America’s Graduates

How We Do It

JWVG programs are based on the proven models created by Jobs for America’s Graduates to give students the JAG Advantage through Project Based Learning, Employer Engagement and Trauma Informed Care:

School Implementation

What does a Jobs for West Virginia’s Graduates program look like?

  • 35-50 high school students who want, need and will benefit from the program
  • Taught by a highly trained JWVG program specialist
  • For-credit elective classes during the school day.
  • Individualized plan and career exploration to help students reach their goals.
  • Project Based Learning models to focus on the mastery of core competencies
  • Develop personal and professional skills necessary for a successful school-to-work transition.
  • Support post-graduation to provide guidance in the students’ new phase of life.

Employer Engagement

Students in the JWVG program have the benefit of direct contact with employers in their community. Employers engage with students by:

  • Speaking to students in the class
  • Hosting mock interviews
  • Providing tours of their workplace
  • Acting as a mentor
  • Internship and Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Hiring a JWVG graduate!

Who We Are

Jobs for West Virginia’s Graduates is a family of West Virginia students, teachers, school administrators, community members, employers and corporate partners working towards the shared goal of drop-out prevention and a productive school-to-work transition for students overcoming barriers.

JWVG is a strong affiliate of the nationally renowned Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program, which has served 1,000,000 youth in its 40 years and is recognized as the nations leading dropout prevention and school-to-work transition program.

JWVG is a program of the West Virginia Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.

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