Jobs for Georgia's Graduates (JGG) is a school-to-work transition program designed to provide high school students with preemployment training, work skills, motivational activities, and job development services. The program is a partnership among local schools, businesses, communities, and the Georgia Department of Labor. JGG is affiliated with the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG), the nation's largest school-to-work system, serving 70,000 youth in 26 states. JAG's mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities, or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. There are 38 schools in Georgia with a JGG program; some have the 5-year model where students begin in the 9th grade and others have the senior model for students in the 12th grade only.
WIA stands for the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, implemented in Georgia in July 2000. This federal legislation has helped Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where job seeker and employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information they need to manage their work lives. Services are provided through a network of local One-Stop Centers statewide.
Enacted on July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) supersedes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match Employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
Information on the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship Program, including eligibility requirements, academic requirements, award amounts, and the application process can be found at the Georgia Student Finance Commission web site.
There are several sources of information on the various types of financial assistance available to college and technical college students. The Georgia Career Information System (GCIS) is a subscription-based system, developed and maintained by Georgia State University, which contains all types of occupational, career and educational and training information. It has a comprehensive database of financial aid resources. You can access the system at many local school systems or at any GDOL Career Center.