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BRCC Offering Accelerated Secondary Education Diploma

Beginning March 13 and running through May 12, Baton Rouge Community College will offer the accelerated secondary education diploma program – JAG-LA or Jobs for America’s Graduates Program (JAG), at its New Roads Instructional Site, 605 Hospital Road, New Roads.

Already being offered at its Acadian Instructional Site, the JAG Program is a national non-profit corporation established in 1980, for the purpose of assisting states in providing dropout prevention.

JAG-LA is designed to serve youth, ages 16 to 24, who have left the traditional school system and are interested in completing requirements for attaining a HiSET certificate (formerly GED). The primary mission is to recover dropouts. The program also provides an array of counseling, employability and technical skills development, professional association and job development services that will result in either a quality job leading to a career after graduation and/or enrollment in a postsecondary education and training program. 

The program is open to any committed and dedicated person in the parishes of Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana who meet the admission requirements. Those seeking admission should be between the ages of 16 to 24, attend an information session; complete an admission package and an interview with JAG staff; take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Assessment in Reading, Math and Language with a minimum score of 8.0 in reading; and submit a Statement of Interest.

JAG-LA also entails a community service and professional association component, in which participants will become members of a student–led member organization where participants will have the opportunity to develop, practice and refine personal and leadership skills. Twenty hours of community service activities are also required.

Admission is limited to 35 participants. There are no program fees. Participants who complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion and/or HiSET Diploma, referral to post-secondary education and assistance with employment opportunities.

For more information, prospective participants may contact Susan Nealy – Director of Innovative Learning at (225) 216-8130 or