Preparing Students for Successful Futures
May 2022
(Pictured above are JAG-K elected officers and the winners of Career Development Conference competitions, many of whom participated in the National Career Development Conference in Dallas May 5-7)
JAG-K Students Place in National Competition
News Release: JAG-K Students Place in National...

Two individuals and two teams representing Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas placed in national competitions in Dallas last week, while several other participants finished in the top 10. JAG National hosted the National Career Development...

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Concordia HS Student Elected NCA President
News Release: Concordia High School Student Elected...

Concordia High School senior Ryah Klima was elected president of the Jobs for America's Graduations (JAG) national student organization - the JAG Career Association - by her peers at the organization's National Career Development Conference held...

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Mortimer Named to Apprenticeship Council
Lt. Governor Toland Announces Appointments to Kansas...

Kansas Department of Commerce News Release, May 5, 2022 - click to read original version TOPEKA - Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced appointees to the Kansas Apprenticeship Council (KAC). These appointments ...

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Programs Join Kansas Bankers Association for JAG-K Day with the KBA Events
News Release: Kansas Bankers Association Meets With...

Members of the Kansas Bankers Association (KBA) teamed up with Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) this week to educate students about opportunities in the banking industry as well as tips on financial literacy. "JAG-K Day with the KBA"...

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Coffee With Chuck: JAG-K Day with the KBA
JAG-K President and CEO Chuck Knapp visited with two Kansas bankers and the Sr. VP of Government Affairs for the Kansas Bankers Association about their careers, careers in banking, and JAG-K Day with the KBA events across the state.
Augusta Bank Gives Scholarship to Local Student
Community National Bank and Trust of Augusta, a longtime supporter of the JAG-K program at Augusta High School, recently presented a scholarship to an Augusta student. JAG-K recently devoted a week to building relationships with the Kansas Bankers Association.
Eric Grooms, president of the bank, visited the JAG-K group to highlight opportunities in banking and to discuss financial literacy concepts. After making that connection, he returned to the classroom a few weeks later to present a $500 scholarship to Butler Community College.
The winner of the scholarship was Sydney Hunter, a senior who plans to attend Butler Community College this fall.
American Staffing Association Members Discuss Employability with Augusta High Students
News Release: American Staffing Association Members...

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, members of the American Staffing Association (ASA) met virtually with members of the Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) program at Augusta High School Thursday morning to discuss employability...

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JAG-K Diversity Equity and Inclusion Leader Wins Scholarship to National Conference
JAG-K Regional Manager Marlisha Kearney was recently named a recipient of the Jordan M. Roberge Memorial Scholarship to attend the Forum on Workforce Inclusion hosted annually by Augsburg University in Minnesota. 
The virtual conference, “Solving for X: Tackling Inequities in a World of Unknowns,” allowed Kearney to learn best practices from experts in employment trends from around the country. She said she gained resources and made connections that will help her in her position as facilitator of a diversity, equity and inclusion group within JAG-K. 
“Diversity is really a hot-button topic right now, but not everyone uses the term in the same way,” Kearney said. “The Forum on Workforce Inclusion does a great job of helping you understand the issues of diversity in the workforce.” 
Kearney said JAG-K is doing a good job of preparing a diverse group of students to participate in the workforce, but she admitted it can always do more. 
“We are giving our students opportunities to learn about a lot of opportunities and workplaces that do not look like them or might not be what they’re familiar with. JAG-K makes them a part of a large community and gives them diverse perspectives. 
“The JAG-K working group is building a resource toolbox for specialists to help students navigate that diverse workforce. As they graduate, we want them to be able to work among their peers and to understand others.”
Kiowa County Student Wins KS Insurance Essay Contest, Claims $10k scholarship
Kiowa County High School junior Karina Martinez claimed the grand prize of the financial literacy essay contest sponsored by the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, a division of the Kansas Insurance Department.

Martinez was announced the JAG-K essay award winner in early April, an honor that brought with it a $5,000 scholarship.

Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt visited Kiowa County High School later in the month to present the grand prize, another $5,000 scholarship.

"I consider this one of my greatest accomplishments in high school," Martinez said. "I’m excited to continue learning in college. I am so thankful for this opportunity!"
JAG National Publishes Report From 40th Year
Annual Report 2021

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