Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) has published its annual report for the 2021 Fiscal Year. An in-depth look at program data and highlights from the previous year is now available on the JAG-K website.
The evidence-based program helps students prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities. JAG-K programs across the state, serving approximately 4,000 students, reported a graduation rate of 97 percent for the Class of 2020.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Jobs for America’s Graduates national organization announced that the Kansas affiliate earned the organization’s 5 of 5 Award.
“Even in the “pandemic years” of 2020 and 2021, we produced some really remarkable data,” JAG-K President/CEO Chuck Knapp said. “We are achieving these rates with a student demographic that generally is challenged with economic, academic and environmental challenges. We also have no achievement gap based on race.
“The annual report provides a testament to the resilience of the JAG-K model, and to the hard work and resourcefulness of our Career Specialists and staff.”
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, John Deere, Kansas Health Foundation, Synchrony Financial, the Taco Bell Foundation 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.