ERIC Number: ED463434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Jobs for Florida's Graduates Program Becomes Independent and Its Performance Improves. OPPAGA Status Report.
Allen, Pam; Pardue, Don
The Jobs for Florida's Graduates (JFG) program targets high school students and provides services to help these students graduate and to continue their education or find meaningful employment within one year of graduation. School managers and "job specialists" serve as mentors, identify at-risk high school students, and provide them with job counseling and training services. The 2001 Florida state legislature has made significant changes to the JFG program, aligning the program's performance measures with the national Jobs for America's Graduates program and severing program ties with state government. The program has generally met its performance goals in 2000-01 except for the statutory goal to operate in 300 schools. Graduation, job placement, and earnings goals have been met. The school program goal is unlikely to be met. During the 2001-02 school year, the program was not funded by the Legislature and has scaled back operations from 34 to 13 schools. School principals are generally satisfied with the program at their schools. The JFG program has been awarded standard accreditation by the national program. The future of the JFG program is unclear. It is currently operating with rollover funds that will be largely used by the end of the fiscal year. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Education Work Relationship, Employment Services, Graduation, High Risk Students, High Schools, Job Training, Mentors, Potential Dropouts, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, State Aid, State Legislation, State Programs
OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475. Tel: 850-488-0021; Tel: 800-531-2477 (Toll Free); Fax: 850-487-3804; Web site: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us/. For full text: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us/reports/pdf/0212rpt.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida