For the ninth consecutive year, the Jobs for America’s Graduates national organization announced that the Kansas affiliate earned the organization’s highest award for achievement.
Additionally, 34 Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) school-based programs earned the prestigious 6 of 6 Award (an expansion of the 5 of 5 award previously presented by the national organization) for 2023. Each of Kansas’ four regions achieved the 6 of 6 Award standard on a regional basis.
(See below a list of all Kansas schools to receive the award.)
The 6 of 6 Award is bestowed upon those JAG programs that meet or exceed performance measures in six categories: graduation rate, employment rate, full-time employment, total full-time positive outcomes, connectivity rate, and continued education rate for the graduating class of 2022. JAG has a 12-month follow-up period with all seniors as part of its evidence-based, data-driven national model.
JAG-K President/CEO Chuck Knapp recently presented the award to Gov. Laura Kelly, a member of the JAG National board, informing her of the state affiliate’s accomplishments in the past year.
“To receive the 6 of 6 Award for the ninth year in a row is a special accomplishment that really speaks to the hard work of all of our dedicated career specialists,” said 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 2023-24.”
JAG-K helps students prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities. JAG-K programs across the state, serving 5,566 students, reported a graduation rate of 93 percent for the Class of 2022. That total exceeded the state of Kansas’ total graduation rate of 89 percent.
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 39 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, EagleU, Evergy, Goldstein Charitable Trust, the JB and Anne Hodgdon Foundation, John Deere, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Gas Service, the Kansas Insurance Department, the Kansas State Bank Commissioner, Royals Charities, 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 “6 of 6 Award” and their Career Specialist for the 2023-2024 school year:
Augusta HS 1 Andrea Pletcher
Beloit HS Jacee Tice
Concordia HS Christina Henderson
Emporia HS 1 Ramsey Siebert
Field Kindley HS (Coffeyville) Shayla Reliford
Garden City HS Jarrod Spencer
Garden City Achieve AE Erika Schaefer
Goodland HS Rebecca Brace
Great Bend HS 1 Teresa Laraby
Kiowa Co HS (Greensburg) Marcus Mitchell
Hiawatha HS Kelly Griswold
Holcomb HS Megan Dinkel
Hutchinson HS 1 Marcus Moeder
Junction City AE 1 (HD Karns) Willie Woods
KC Schlagle HS 1 Melissa Bryant
KC Schlagle HS 2 Kyleigh Raun
KC Washington HS 1 Kimberly Rollins
KC Wyandotte HS 1 Jackie Brandenberg
KC Wyandotte HS 2 Tamia Morsden
KC Wyandotte HS 3 Derrick Braxton
Larned HS Israel Hagerman
McPherson HS Skyler Hill
Newton HS 1 Kylee Raigoza
Parsons HS Mark Pound
Pratt HS Will Ponder
Royal Valley HS Rodney Wittmer
Shawnee Mission North HS 2 Barnett Thompson
Shawnee Mission West HS 1 Kay Rolls
Stafford HS Courtney Deyoe
Turner HS 1 Jasmin Sims
Wichita Heights HS * discontinued program
Wichita North HS Kareema Williams
Wichita Southeast HS 1 Ashley Baughns
Wichita West HS 1 DaMarshae Franklin