Happy Holidays!

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting the U.S. Army, to connecting AT&T employees to career pipelines, at its core, this is what all of us at AT&T do every day. I am so proud of what we have accomplished this year in Arizona, and as I look forward to 2018 I am excited for what is to come. But before we get to January, I want to wish all of you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!

Thank you,

Jerry Fuentes
President — AT&T Arizona & New Mexico

Congratulations to Arizona’s Victoria Martin and Denise Lewallen!

Support is part of a $3.5 million contribution to Jobs for America’s Graduates and will help reach more Arizona youth at risk of dropping out of high school

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) presented the National “Above and Beyond” award to Victoria Martin and Denise Lewallen for their extraordinary leadership and strong partnership with Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates. These outstanding employees were honored for the many events they have supported over the last few years, such as Legislative Day at the State Capitol, STEM/GIFT Technology Day, WOA Bot Mania Robotics Competition, Career Development Conference, Back to School Backpack Drive, Leadership Development Conference and Scholarship Overnight Lock-in. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding employees!

Jobs for Arizona's Graduates and AT&T are working together to help raise the high school graduation rate and support career paths for underserved students. Because of its success in keeping kids in school, Jobs for Arizona's Graduates was one of 24 state affiliates selected to share in $3.5 million from AT&T.

The JAG program equips students to overcome obstacles to a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Test. The program does this through mentoring, academic support, links to social services, and other interventions. Students are guided into post-secondary education, entry-level jobs with pathways to successful careers or the military.

Jobs for Arizona's Graduates will use the $140,000 to support local students.

“Helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in 21st century careers is a critical step to building the diverse workforce we need to power our company — and our country — for the future,” said AT&T State President Jerry Fuentes. “JAG has a track record of success, and this funding will allow them to provide even more students the opportunity to thrive.”

In 2016, JAG’s network of affiliates reported a 95% high school graduation rate, compared to the national graduation rate of 83% in 20151. Currently, the JAG model is offered in nearly 1,250 public high schools, community colleges, and alternative learning centers in 34 states.

In more than 3 decades of operation, JAG has helped more than 1.2 million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality, entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. The JAG Graduating Class of 2016 achieved 84% successful outcomes, meaning students were enrolled in post-secondary education or were employed (or some combination of the two) for a full 12 months after they graduated from high school.

Since 2008, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have provided more than $11.4 million in funding to JAG and its local affiliates. This support is part of AT&T Aspire, which helps provide access to education and the training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, AT&T has committed $400 million to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world.

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