MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama program that helps
disadvantaged students stay in school has received national

The Jobs for Alabama's Graduates program received a national
award Thursday from the Jobs for America's Graduates program.

The national program's "5-of-5 Award" recognized Alabama for
exceeding national graduation rates, job placement goals and the
level of students going on to postsecondary education.

State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton said the program
identifies students at risk of dropping out of high school and
gives them something to work toward.

This is the third consecutive year Alabama has won the national

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