Preparing Students for Successful Futures
April 2022
(Pictured above are the winners of Career Development Conference competitions who will represent JAG-K at the national event in Dallas in May)
JAG-K Students Gather for Career Development Conference and Career Fair

(Click link below to see list of competition winners)
News Release: JAG-K Students Gather for Career...

More than 200 students from Jobs for America's Graduates - Kansas (JAG-K) gathered at Barton Community College in Great Bend on April 5 for the organization's annual State Career Development Conference (CDC). At the event, held in person for the...

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New Career Association Officers Elected
New officers for next school year were elected by their peers at the Career Development Conference:

President: Nuru Abdallah, Wyandotte High School (second from left in photo);
Vice President: Liberty Gilkey, Kiowa Co. High School (third from left)
Secretary: Hailee Black, Hutchinson High School (not pictured)
Treasurer: Ta'Mijha Nichols, Shawnee Heights High School (not pictured)
JAG-K Students Receive Scholarships at CDC
A number of scholarships were awarded to students at the Career Development Conference at Barton Community College on April 5. Scholarship recipients were:

Bud Estes Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) - Darriene Gibbs, McPherson High School

JAG-K Mortimer Scholarship ($1,000) - Aleah Netherland, F.L. Schlagle High School

Kansas Insurance Department Financial Literacy Essay Awards:

1st Place, $5,000 – Karina Martinez, Kiowa County High School
2nd Place, $3,000 – Jewelyah Barker, El Dorado Extend High School
3rd Place, $2,000 – Hannah Greenleaf, Kiowa County High School
JAG-K Students Benefit from National Career Association Membership
Participants in the JAG-K program are the beneficiaries of membership in the state Career Association, which operates as part of the JAG National Career Association (NCA). The purpose of the NCA is to help members explore career pathways, to assess the opportunities and appropriateness of pursuing further education, to connect members with representatives of their chosen pathway, to develop their knowledge and skills, to secure employment in a job, and to demonstrate their ability to enter and advance with the employer.
Career Associations across the nation celebrated NCA Week April 4-8. Through social media, activities and projects, associations focused on recognizing their five goal areas: Leadership Development, Career Development, Social Awareness, Civic Awareness and Service Learning.
Recently, two Augusta High School students traveled to South Dakota to help that state learn how to develop its career association.
"The value of the career association is that it helps us keep all of our activities in check with the entire JAG-K program,” said Jamie Cantrell (pictured at right). “It also helps us to come up with ideas that will benefit the community."
Devin Russell-Unger (pictured at left), who serves as president of the Kansas Career Association, has experience casting the vision for the potential of the organization.
“I presented a viewpoint and a way that JAG-K does their leadership skills hoping that it will help inspire South Dakota JAG,” Russell-Unger said. “This is important because I want to see their JAG programs get bigger to help more students. JAG-K has truly helped me, and it will help those students in South Dakota as well."
Kiowa Co. High School Student Receives National JAG Scholarship
News Release: Kiowa County High School Student Receives...

Alyssa Monroe, a senior at Kiowa County High School, was announced Tuesday by Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) as one of five Kenneth M. Smith Scholars nationwide who will receive $10,000 toward their college education.

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Junction City Student Applies Skills Learned in JAG-K as an Employee at Taco Bell
News Release: Junction City Student Applies Skills...

Though still a high school student, Tairon Banks is excelling at work and making a difference at home. The high school senior is using the skills he learned in the Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) program at the HD Karns Innovations...

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Special Thanks to Sponsors of CDC, Career Fair
More than 200 JAG-K students from across Kansas participated in the Career Development Conference and Career Fair held at Barton Community College on April 5.

These events would not have been a success without the financial support of the following:

Office of the Kansas Bank Commissioner
Taco Bell
Barton Community College
Young Bank Officers of Kansas
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