News Release: JAG-K Earns Top National Honor for 8th Year
For the eighth consecutive year, the Jobs for America’s Graduates national organization announced that the Kansas affiliate earned the organization’s 5 of 5 Award.
Additionally, 27 Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) school-based programs earned the prestigious 5 of 5 Award for 2021. Each of Kansas’ four regions achieved the 5 of 5 Award standard on a regional basis.
(See below a list of all Kansas schools to receive the award.)
The 5 of 5 Award is bestowed upon those JAG programs that meet or exceed performance measures in five categories: graduation rate, positive outcomes, employment, post-secondary enrollment and job placement. JAG has a 12-month follow-up period with all seniors as part of its evidence-based, data-driven national model.
“To receive the 5 of 5 Award for the eighth year in a row is a special accomplishment that really speaks to the hard work of all of our dedicated career specialists,” said JAG-K President/CEO Chuck Knapp. “More importantly, it represents success for thousands of JAG-K students over the years. The evidence-based JAG model works, and we are looking forward to seeing more positive outcomes in 2022-23.
JAG-K helps students prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities. JAG-K programs across the state, serving approximately 4,300 students, reported a graduation rate of 95 percent for the Class of 2021. That total exceeded the state of Kansas’ total graduation rate of 88 percent.
JAG-K recorded a full-time positive outcomes rate of 86 percent, which means that number of 2021 graduates are either in post-secondary education, military service or in the workforce full-time one year after graduation. Seventy-two percent of graduates of 2021 are employed, with 84 percent of those reporting they are working full time.
JAG-K is a multi-year, in-school program for students in grades 6-12 that offers tools to successfully transition students into post-secondary school, the military, or directly into the workforce with marketable skills. Participants in the program face multiple barriers to success that their JAG-K Career Specialist helps them overcome through a nationally-accredited, evidence-based model.
The 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization is a state affiliate of the national JAG program network which operates in 40 different states and territories. It is primarily funded through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant to the State of Kansas administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). In addition to school districts and DCF, JAG-K partners with the Kansas Department of Education. Other JAG-K funding sources include ADM, AT&T, Evergy, Goldstein Charitable Trust, John Deere, the Kansas Health Foundation, the Kansas Insurance Department, the Kansas State Bank Commissioner, Stormont Vail Health, Synchrony Financial, the Taco Bell Foundation, the City of Topeka, United Way of the Plains and Walmart.
To learn more about JAG-K, visit www.jagkansas.org, ‘Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas’ on Facebook, and on Twitter at @JAG_Kansas.
Recipients of the JAG “5 of 5 Award” and their Career Specialist during the 2021-2022 school year:
Beloit High School Jacee Tice
Emporia High School 1 Lori Tubach
Field Kindley High School (Coffeyville) Shayla Reliford
Garden City Achieve AE Erica Schafer
Garden City High School Lynzee Beery
Great Bend High School 1 Jennifer Hopkins
Kiowa County High School Marcus Mitchell
Hiawatha High School Kelly Griswold
Highland Park High School (Topeka) Vernon White
Holcomb High School Melinda Gerstberger
Hutchinson High School 1 Marcus Moeder
Independence High School Moises Rivera
KC Schlagle High School 1 Karla Pledger
KC Wyandotte High School 1 Morgan Choitz
Labette County High School Lee Reliford
Larned High School Israel Hagerman
Pittsburg High School Jessica Thomas
Pratt High School Shaphan Staats
Royal Valley High School (Hoyt) Kevin Swiercinsk
Salina South High School Paige Parker
Seaman High School (Topeka) Abby Buche
Topeka High School 1 Teresa Leslie-Canty
Wichita North High School Kareema Williams
Wichita Northwest High School Nicholas Harris
Wichita Southeast High School Ashley Baughns
Wichita West High School DeMarshae Franklin
Winfield High School Tierney Hopkins