Competitions showcase students’ competencies in interviewing, job preparedness, teamwork, communications, and leadership.

CONCORDIA, KS. (March 16, 2018) – The Career Development Conference (CDC) is a one-day event that allows students the opportunity to showcase the skills they are learning in the JAG-K classroom. CDC events include Public Speaking, Employability Skills, Math Skills, Project Based Learning, Mapping My Future, and JAG-K Entrepreneurs. The competitions allow students the opportunity to showcase the skills they are learning in the competency-based curriculum of the JAG-K program.

Each of the six regions will host a CDC this year with the top finishers in each event from the Regional Conferences advancing to compete at the State Career Development Conference on April 18 at Emporia State University.

Students from Concordia High School, Hutchinson High School, Junction City High School, Junction City Larry Dixon Center, Newton High School, Salina West Alternative High School, Salina South High School, and Salina Central High School met for the North Central Regional Career Development Conference (CDC) hosted at Cloud County Community College.

The top three finishers in each event advanced to compete at the State Career Development Conference on April 18 at Emporia State University.

Congratulations to the following individuals (listed 1st – 3rd place):

Public Speaking: Linda M., Newton HS; Kira S., Hutchinson HS; Tyesha S., Salina Central HS

Project Based Learning: Xavier R. and Victor D., Salina South HS; Dilyn S., Hutchinson HS; Asia H. and Cynthia R., Newton HS

Employability Skills: Rebeka H., Junction City HS; Karina C., Salina Central HS; Jolie W., Junction City HS

Math Skills: Jaymes S., Hutchinson HS; Tyler A., Salina South HS; Caitlin L., Newton HS

Mapping My Future: Kylee B., Newton HS; Hannah S., Junction City HS; Laura B., Hutchinson HS

JAG-K Entrepreneurs: Mckenzie E. and Emilee F., Hutchinson HS; Krystyan T. and David M., Newton HS

Hutchinson High School earned first place in the team score competition followed by Newton High School in second place.

About JAG-K 

JAG-K is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that partners with students facing various barriers to success, helping them graduate high school and on to a successful career path. JAG-K currently has 68 programs in 33 Kansas school districts, serving more than 3,100 students. The organization is expanding in 2018-19 to include new programs in Beloit, Shawnee Mission, and Topeka.

Knapp indicates there is more demand for the program than available resources.

Funding for the program primarily comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars, administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.   JAG-K is an affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 34 states and territories. In addition to school districts, JAG-K partners with DCF and the Kansas State Department of Education. JAG-K also relies on private funds from contributors including AT&T, John Deere Aetna Foundation, and Amerigroup Foundation.

Anyone interested in more information about JAG-K may visit the website at www.jagkansas.org.

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