About John Dwyer

Call it John Dwyer 2.0 After 29 years as a TV Broadcaster, Dwyer is President & CEO of Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG). JTG, an affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), is a non-profit organization dedicated to stewarding at-risk high school students toward graduation with follow through toward post-secondary education and/or job opportunities. Associated with JAG since 1981, JTG consistently obtains a graduation rate above 90-percent with a full-time job rate at nearly 70-percent. The most vulnerable, socioeconomically challenged young men and women, graduate with self-esteem with the realization and skill set to achieve success after high school. Does it get much better than that? Dwyer, is a resident of the Nashville area since 1996. He was sports director and/or a news anchor at TV stations in Nashville, Jacksonville, Florida; Ft. Myers, FL and his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. He is a 10-time Mid-South Region Emmy Award winner, along with winning numerous other awards. He is also a former Heisman Trophy voter. John is a 1985 graduate of Butler University, where he majored in Radio/TV while minoring in journalism. An avid running (or “plodder” as he likes to call himself), Dwyer runs in Nashville’s annual marathon. (Current tally: 7 Full, 10 Half). He accomplished a goal, once thought out of reach, be qualifying and running in the Boston Marathon in 2009. Married to Lynley, Dwyer resides in East Nashville with his wife and dog Lola. Dwyer served on the Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee board from 2006-2012, and was board chairman for three years.

JTG Superstar Specialists – Chana Lymon

JTG teachers are referred to as"Specialists" - but really, what we call them are Superstars. This fall, we are featuring all of our superstars from across the state of Tennessee to tell us what JTG means to them and the impact they have on the students that walk into their classrooms each year. This week, [...]

By | 2018-09-26T16:13:11+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Academics, Specialist Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Their Own Words: Sarah Hafner, 2018 JTG Graduate

This summer, we are featuring stories by 2018 JTG graduates and offering them a chance to share the impact JTG has had on their lives. This week's guest writer is Sarah Hafner from Creek Wood High School.  Being in JTG has showed me that I honestly did not have a clue on how to do [...]

By | 2018-06-08T19:01:40+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Academics, College, In Their Own Words, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Their Own Words: Nautica Dotson, 2018 JTG Graduate

This summer, we are featuring stories by 2018 JTG graduates and offering them a chance to share the impact JTG has had on their lives. This week's guest writer is Nautica Dotson from Creek Wood High School.  Starting out my senior year, I was worried I was not going to have a class that would [...]

By | 2018-06-08T18:28:39+00:00 June 8th, 2018|College, In Their Own Words, Planning, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Their Own Words: Marissa Tanner, 2018 JTG Graduate

Guest Writer: Marissa Tanner, Creek Wood High School This summer, we are featuring stories by 2018 JTG graduates and offering them a chance to share the impact JTG has had on their lives. “Given a support system such as JTG, young men and women at risk of graduating high school will soon contribute to society, [...]

By | 2018-05-29T16:05:49+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Academics, College, In Their Own Words|0 Comments

Specialist Spotlight on Vickie Parsons

This month, we are featuring Fairview High School's JTG Specialist, Vickie Parsons, in our Specialist Spotlight. Vickie is known for fostering strong connections with her students, and she goes above and beyond to help her students succeed. One of her most notable yearly activities is helping her classes plan and prepare a full Thanksgiving lunch [...]

By | 2018-03-08T19:20:23+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Academics, Professional Relationships, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Q and A With JTG Graduate Ashleigh Knoll

About Graduate Ashleigh Knoll: Ashleigh is a 2015 JTG graduate of Centennial High School in Williamson County. She is currently a senior Marketing student at Austin Peay State University. Graduating a year early in May 2018, she will have completed multiple internships at HCA, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Hospital, Lawn Doctor and more. She was JTG's Keynote [...]

By | 2017-11-22T06:16:56+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Stories of Hope: Emma Warzynski

Stories of Hope: Meet Emma Warzynski, a 2017 graduate from Stratford STEM Magnet High School. Originally from Canada, Emma faced a great deal of struggles assimilating into the American classroom, and she graduated as Salutatorian of her class. She  began Austin Peay University this fall to pursue a career in occupational therapy. “I have overcome [...]

By | 2017-10-16T17:29:45+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Stories of Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Did You Do This Summer?

Tez Rogers began his summer by winning a new car! Actually, the recent Mt. Pleasant High School graduate earned it through Maury County’s Strive to Drive contest.  “I couldn’t even think when they called my name,” Rogers told The Columbia Daily Herald.  Strive to Drive is an ongoing academic initiative for Maury County, which encourages [...]

By | 2017-08-24T17:35:00+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Academics, Stories of Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stories of Hope: Amiir Johnson

Meet Amiir Johnson, a 17-year old senior at Stratford STEM Magnet High School. A long-time resident of Nashville, Amiir grew up surrounded by poverty and didn’t really find his own direction until he started the Jobs for Tennessee Graduates program. He says, “For me, JTG has built my confidence toward going out and getting a [...]

By | 2017-06-14T20:55:12+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Stories of Hope: Lionel Colas

Meet Lionel Colas, an 18-year old senior at Stratford STEM Magnet High School. Originally from Miami, he has lived in Nashville a little over a year. Lionel has already secured a part-time position at Comcast in their IT department at $20 an hour through Jobs for Tennessee Graduates his senior year, and he has a [...]

By | 2017-06-05T18:38:35+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Academics, College, Fundraising|0 Comments