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October 2022

Pictured above: JAG-K students visited Plastics Extrusion Machinery LLC (PEM) in McPherson to learn about careers in manufacturing.

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Board of Directors is Essential to JAG-K Success

Essential to the mission of JAG-K is its board of directors. The 24 members of the board come from an array of career fields and areas of expertise. We tap their diverse skills, experience, and connections and rely upon them for direction and support. 

(Read below the news release about the board)

Serving on the JAG-K Board of Directors requires time and energy. We appreciate the dedication of those who step up to help shape the future workforce of Kansas. 

As they cycle off the board, we especially want to thank Dr. Tiffany Anderson and Sen. Rick Billinger for their service.

We welcome the following to the board:

·     Larry Alley, Kansas State Senator

·     Anna Backman, Regional VP of Human Resources, HCA Healthcare

·     Derek Bailey, Senior Commercial Lender, First Interstate Bank

·     Michael Marquart, Labor Relations Manager, John Deere

·     Anna Stubblefield, Superintendent, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

Thanks to everyone who works hard to make JAG-K successful, whatever their role. 

Chuck Knapp, President/CEO

Jobs for America's Graduates - Kansas

JAG-K Board of Directors Brings Together Diverse Skills, Experience and Connections

TOPEKA - Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K), one of 38 state affiliates of Jobs for America's Graduates, recently added five new members to its board of directors.

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JAG-K Launches "Espresso Yourself with Chuck"

JAG-K President and CEO Chuck Knapp talks to Ryah Klima, graduate of Concordia High School and current president of the Jobs for America’s Graduates national student organization – the JAG Career Association - on the recently rebranded program "Espresso Yourself with Chuck."

OSBC Grants $15,000 to JAG-K for Second Year

"Consumers are faced with many financial decisions beginning at a young age that affects their lives well into the future," said Kristy Hanshaw, OSBC Manager of Consumer Affairs. "The OSBC is proud to support JAG-K in its mission to educate students on the importance of financial literacy."

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I&I Events Install Leaders, Celebrate the Impact of JAG-K in Communities

JAG-K Programs across the state are holding Initiation and Installation ceremonies in the fall. These events (often referred to as I&I ceremonies) officially put into office the new JAG-K Career Association Officers and recognize them publicly for their acceptance of these important roles.

The ceremonies require that the new officers speak to adults, as well as their peers, about what JAG-K means to them and their school. They discuss what they hope to accomplish in the school year. And they cast a vision for other students in the program. Frequently the ceremonies also feature former students who discuss what the program meant to them.

"I&I is a big event in the school year," said Basehor-Linwood Career Specialist Brandon Duff (whose recent I&I ceremony is pictured above). "Along with the elected officers being initiated, all of the members of the JAG-K program are officially installed into the career association. The event allows parents, teachers and administration not only to celebrate with our students, but to get a better understanding of the JAG-K program."

JAG-K Students Visit McPherson Businesses to Learn About Power and Manufacturing

In recognition of October celebrations of Design, Production and Repair Month and Energy Awareness Month, six Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) programs from central Kansas gathered in McPherson to learn about career opportunities at two Kansas businesses.

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JAG-K Releases Annual Report from FY 2022 

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