Educational program receives award for helping students find succcess

Regional JAG-K officers from across the state visited Gov. Laura Kelly at the State Capitol. Also in attendance: JAG National President Ken Smith, V.P. JAG-K Programming Bev Mortimer and JAG-K President Chuck Knapp.

Posted: Tue 2:07 PM, Feb 11, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — A local educational program received accolades for creating pathways to success Tuesday morning.

Gov. Laura Kelly and Chuck Knapp, the president of “Kansas Jobs for America’s Graduates,” or JAG-K, were presented the JAG 5-of-5 award.

The award is given to JAG programs that exceed performance based on helping students successfully transition into post-secondary school, the military, or directly into the workforce.

As of 2018, the JAG-K program has a 98 percent graduation rate. Knapp says the program is successful because of the mentors’ bonds with the students.

“It’s all about student support those relationships,” Knapp said. “They know we have their backs, and that’s why the graduation rate is so high in the first place.”

The JAG-K program has won the 5-of-5 award five years in a row.