Sisolak joins board of national education nonprofit

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Gov. Steve Sisolak is shown with Nevada JAG students. (Photo courtesy governor's office)
Gov. Steve Sisolak is shown with Nevada JAG students.

Gov. Steve Sisolak, along with 16 other current and former governors, has joined the board of directors for the national nonprofit Jobs for America’s Graduates.

The organization, which works to prevent high school dropouts by addressing barriers to graduation and helps students tackle obstacles to employment, has affiliates in 34 states including Nevada.

“Ensuring Nevada’s students are prepared for success after graduating high school is one of my top priorities as governor, which is why public education and workforce development are cornerstones of my executive budget, and why it includes additional funding for Nevada’s JAG programs,” Sisolak said in a statement. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members to expand JAG in Nevada and help America’s young people overcome barriers and get on the path to success.”

JAG Nevada has programs in 42 high schools statewide and serves more than 3,000 students, many who come from low-income household and struggle with high absentee rates and credit deficiencies.

Rene Cantu, the executive director of JAG Nevada, said it was important that Sisolak joined the board and shows his commitment to education.

“For JAG students, the governor’s election tells them the governor’s top priority is their success and the success of all their fellow Nevada students; not only in terms of education, but in terms of career and economic success and prosperity,” he said.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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