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Melissa Nelson, State Attorney Elect, To Deliver Keynote Speech at Year Up Jacksonville Graduation Ceremony

Class 3 Graduation Celebrates Young Adults Who Have Successfully Completed Targeted Job Training and Professional Internships

Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) December 13, 2016

Celebrating the hard work and determination of its newest graduating class, Year Up Jacksonville announced today that Melissa Nelson will deliver the keynote address at its Class 3 graduation ceremony. Nelson recently was elected state attorney for Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit and takes office Jan. 3.

The graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 15th at 11:00 AM, in the Downtown Auditorium located at Florida State College Jacksonville’s downtown campus at 101 West State Street. The event is open to the public; please RSVP to Richard Naylor at [email protected]

“We’re honored to have Melissa address our newest class of graduates,” said Robin Tanya Watson, Year Up Jacksonville’s Executive Director. “Melissa is a supporter of our work in connecting young adults in need of an opportunity with companies in need of talent, and we look forward to partnering with her to help more young people in Jacksonville enter careers in growing industries.”

“Year Up has had a proven impact on transforming its students’ lives, helping them to become economic assets and role models in their communities,” said Nelson. “I look forward to collaborating with Year Up to explore how the program can serve as an alternative pathway to personal and professional success and growth for non-violent offenders.”

Year Up Jacksonville is a nonprofit job-training program that launched in January 2015 in partnership with Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). Year Up students spend one semester gaining technical and professional skills, followed by a full-time, credit-bearing internship at a top local company. They can then complete their associate’s degree the following year. Ninety-four percent of Year Up Jacksonville’s Class 3 graduates are either employed or attending college full-time, with average starting salaries of $17.32/hour. Learn more about Year Up Jacksonville by following us on Twitter @YearUpJax and on Facebook.

About Year Up Inc.

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 3,000 students a year at sites in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida. To learn more, visit or

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