DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- AT&T and Jobs for America's Graduates have teamed up to curb the dropout rate at five DeKalb County high schools.
Clarkston, Cross Keys, Lithonia, McNair and Towers high schools will participate in the Jobs for Georgia's Graduates program, which helps students in underserved communities through tutoring, mentoring and other social services.
"I want to bring the JGG program to our schools in DeKalb County to share (the) opportunity for success with our high school students that need it the most," DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond said.
AT&T recently gave Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) a $1 million grant; some of that money will benefit DeKalb students.
JAG has helped nearly 1 million disadvantaged students go to college and secure good jobs. In 2012, the organization reported a 93 percent high school graduation rate among its participants, compared to 78.2 percent nationwide.