2004 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5001 (Committee Approved)

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Jobs for Virginia Graduates

Item 144 #3h

Item 144 #3h

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2005 $250,000 FY2006 $250,000 GF

Page 100, line 2, strike "$457,997,916" and insert "$458,247,916".
Page 100, line 2, strike "$465,142,441" and insert "$465,392,441".
Page 102, after line 44, insert:
"5. Out of the amounts for Financial Assistance for Vocational Education Instruction, the Board of Education shall provide $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year from the general fund for the Jobs for Virginia Graduates initiative."

(This amendment provides funding for Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) which is a school-to-graduation-to-work program which places Career Specialists in schools in 15 communities in the Commonwealth as a partner with the local school divisions. These specialists work with students to master up to 81 employability competencies in a graduation credit class. JVG also serves six communities with drop-out recovery programs that are offered through the Community College System and through a partnership using some Workforce Investment Act funding. JVG, through the national Jobs for America's Graduates data management system, has been recognized as the most accountable student employability program in the country for the last 22 years. JVG is incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization with the purpose of serving Virginia's most disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Over 35 school divisions have expressed serious interest in entering into a partnership with JVG. JVG expects to serve over 1,200 students this year, and hopes to reach more communities next year.)