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The mission of Jobs for Washington’s Graduates (JWG) is to help youth overcome life and academic obstacles enabling them to stay in school, graduate and successfully transition to continued education and quality entry-level careers.

JWG provides participants with classroom and work-based learning experiences that result in a quality job or postsecondary training leading to a career after graduation or completion of a GED. JWG programs provide students with intensive job readiness preparation, leadership development, academic remediation, and job and college placement services, including ongoing support for a full year after graduation.

JWG connects its efforts to career and technical education. Through CTE, JWG students get technical, academic and 21st century skills that better prepare them for career and college options. Many CTE courses articulate to college credit while the student is still in high school, and all are linked to industry standards that inform the curricula and give students experience and skills that assist their transition to the workforce and postsecondary education.

Student Success Stories:


Kaitlyn, graduating from high school thanks to JWG.

Kaitlyn, Lynden High School, Lynden

Kaitlyn attended Lynden High School and was enrolled in JWG her junior and senior years. JWG was key to Kaitlyn’s success. The program gave her a vision for her future and helped her generate momentum to get there.

Experiencing hardships from poverty and homelessness, Kaitlyn struggled academically and was at risk of dropping out of school. Then came JWG and her Specialist, Lisa Reynolds. The JWG class motivated her to come to school and with the one on one tutoring and mentorship provided by her Specialist, Kaitlyn improved her academics and met the graduation requirements.

Kaitlyn will tell you that without JWG, she is certain she would not have graduated. It provided her hope for her future and a roadmap to achieve her goals. Today, she is enrolled at a local community college pursing an associate's degree in communications.

Kaitlyn Visser, Lynden High School, speaks at JWG benefit luncheon






Nathan, working at Western State Steel.

Nathan, New Tech Skills Center, Spokane

Nathan enrolled in JWG when he was 18 after previously dropping out of high school.  His family struggled financially. This affected his school attendance. He showed up less than half of the time. And, when he did attend, he struggled academically and socially. Feeling hopeless and discouraged, Nathan dropped out his sophomore year. He fell into the wrong crowd, and by the time he re-enrolled in school, he had a criminal record.

When Suzanne Gretch, the JWG Specialist at New Tech Skills Center, first started working with Nathan, she remembers Nathan telling her, “I really want a job because I know I am a hard worker, and it will help me feel like I belong somewhere, and I am doing something good for myself.” 

Nathan came to all of the JWG classes, and worked diligently on his skills. He also enrolled in the Welding Technology Program. He had new goals for his life. He wanted an apprenticeship as a journeyman welder.

Gretch partnered with the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council to place her students in paid internships. She contacted a local business that hires welders—Western State Steel—to see if they would employ Nathan. They took him on. After a few months, she  visited Nathan at work. He was thriving. He was the model worker, out-performing employees who were 10 years older. He was punctual, a good listener, followed directions, and had a positive attitude. These are skills that were taught in the JWG classroom and Nathan had successfully transferred them to the workplace.

Nathan graduated and was hired by Western State Steel. He used his earnings to pay for a 6-week professional welding certification course and is now employed full-time as a professional welder. Nathan feels successful and happy. His future is set.

Nathan Simpson, New Tech Skills Center, Spokane - Specialist Suzanne Gretch tells Nathan's story at the JWG benefit luncheon in 2012


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