May 23, 2018
JAG Nevada: 4 Things to Know
In this issue we feature stories about students impacted by MTC Scholarships to JAG student from Barrick, Reclaim Breakfast , Scholarships from Wynn, Leadership Las Vegas, CSN and Nevada State College .

Quote of the Day
 "If I can't change the people around me, I change the people around me."
Chuck D., Public Enemy
1. Adrian's Story: From Dyer, Nevada to MTC Scholar at Great Basin College
“Taking JAG as an elective in my senior year was the best decision I could have made. JAG has helped me to find out about career opportunities as well as scholarships. With the preparation I received through my JAG class, I am now the proud recipient of the MTC Scholarship.”
Adrian Cortez, a rising star at Tonopah High School from Dyer, Nevada, has worked diligently to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to graduate with a bright pathway in the mining industry. Thanks to JAG Nevada, Adrian applied for the Maintenance Training Cooperative (MTC) Scholarship at Great Basin College (GBC) from Barrick/Cortez Gold , and is now college bound with a generous scholarship! 

This scholarship will provide Adrian with an annual $5,000 award to cover his college expenses and allow Adrian to pursue a degree in Diesel Mechanics at Great Basin Community College. The MTC Scholarship also provides Adrian with a paid summer internship as a Maintenance Technician at Barrick/Cortez Gold, in Elko, NV. 

JAG Nevada salutes Adrian on his success as he travels a rewarding pathway to success! JAG also extends their gratitude to Barrick Gold for their investment in Adrian and other students like him. Adrian’s story represents the impact of JAG’s Education to Employment (E2E) program , which connects students to high demand occupations in key Nevada industries like mining. By doing so, JAG Nevada is changing lives and transforming Nevada’s economy.  
2. Futures Reclaimed!

CSN, Nevada State College and Wynn award scholarships to JAG students!


Over 500 JAG Students gathered at the Texas Station on May 4, 2018 to celebrate their upcoming graduation from high school. CSN awarded all students in attendance with a $100 book voucher should they attend.

The following organizations awarded scholarships to the following students:

Wynn Resorts $3,000 Scholarship
  • Gladys Vasquez-Rodriguez, Western HS

Leadership Las Vegas $1,000 Scholarship
  • Gustavo Moreno, Moapa Valley HS
  • Isela Anaya, Western HS
  • Yareth Ruiz, Durango HS
  • Arturo Canchola, Desert Pines HS
  • Tennille Salinas, Virgin Valley HS

Nevada State College $1,000 Scholarship
  • Gustavo DeLeon-Noguera, Del Sol HS
  • Alexandra Munoz, Durango HS

College of Southern Nevada $1,000 Scholarship
  • Janie Robles, Valley HS
  • Diego Torrez-Ibarra, Chaparral HS

JAG Nevada wishes to thank Wynn Resorts, College of Southern Nevada and City of Las Vegas whose contributions that made the 2018 Reclaim Your Future Breakfast such an amazing success! We would also like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Liberty Leavitt who plans and executes this event every year!




3. Earning a High School Degree:
Daethron's Story from Inside Education on Vegas PBS

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4. JAG Specialists Selected to Showcase Project Based Learning Talents at JAG National
Jake Merrill is front and center, and Joyce Syndar House is back row, third from right. Here they appear with their Career Development Conference Team in April at Texas Station.
JAG National has selected JAG Nevada Specialists Jake Merrill , Ti'Ara Blais and Joyce Syndar-House to present their innovative Project Based Learning (PBL) activities at the JAG National Training Seminar in New Orleans this summer. Jake and Joyce work as partners at Spanish Springs High School in Sparks and TiAra is the JAG Specialist at Rancho High School in Las Vegas.

Their PBL activities were selected by a national panel of JAG leaders from among dozens of submissions from across the United States. For all three, their presentation at National is a return engagement as they presented at JAG National in 2017 when Las Vegas was host to the national conference.

"Excellent Specialists like TiAra, Jake and Joyce are JAG Nevada's greatest asset, and we are proud of their accomplishments inside and outside the classroom," said Executive Director Dr. Rene Cantu Jr. "We wish them continued success and support their quest for continual growth and innovation as teachers and leaders."
Mission : Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates Inc. strives to graduate every student entrusted in our care from high school and set them on a path to higher education, a career or both.

Vision : Graduate every student, career and job ready.
ABOUT JAG Nevada

With a 92% participant graduation rate and 35 years of proven success in schools nationwide, the JAG model is highly effective in preparing Nevada’s future workforce with the workplace skills students need and employers seek. The JAG model combines elective credit, employment readiness, student-led career associations, supportive services and, most importantly, a caring adult who spends over 120 hours with each and every JAG student. JAG students attend JAG classes every day like they do their other classes, and build close relationships with each other and with their JAG Specialist. These relationships cannot be built after school or on weekends; these relationships are built one-on-one, day in and day out, as students come to trust their Specialist as a caring adult and mentor who is present in their life. JAG begins in the sophomore year and follows until one year after graduation from high school, ensuring that students not only graduate, but also have found a career pathway into a better future.

JAG Nevada is a private Nevada nonprofit serving over 3,300 Nevada high school students at 41 high schools in 12 Nevada school districts. JAG Nevada was launched by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in bipartisan partnership with the Nevada State Legislature to help increase Nevada’s high school graduation rates and youth employment. 

The JAG Multi-Year Program is a highly effective, data-driven model that raises graduation rates and prepares participants by honing their work-readiness skills. JAG students graduate at higher rates than their peers and are exceptionally prepared with a toolbox of workplace skills that lead to success at work, in post-secondary education and/or the military.  www.jagnv.org
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Salman Rushdie
Rene Cantu Jr., Ph.D. | Jobs for Nevada's Graduates Inc.| (702) 410-8078| (702) 410-8067| rcantu@jagnv.org| www.jagnv.org