JAG-K adds new programs to Dodge City – Dodge City Daily Globe


Todd Fertig

Jobs for US Graduates Communications Specialist

Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) added two programs to Dodge City High School for the 2022-2023 school year.

The evidence-based JAG-K program helps students prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities. The program provides students who face barriers to success with mentorship to help them overcome these barriers and find a path to success after high school.

Each JAG-K “program” is limited to 15 students per level to ensure the personal attention and assistance of the teacher, known as the “career specialist”. After graduating from high school, participants receive a follow-up year to help them transition into post-secondary education, military service, or the workforce. Thus, in the second year of both programs at Dodge City High School, Career Specialists can work with up to 150 participants.

“We are thrilled to be working with Dodge City Public Schools,” said JAG-K President and CEO Chuck Knapp. “The $443 administration and school board have recognized the value of JAG-K by investing in a program that will help Dodge City students prepare for a prosperous future. Most importantly, the community has demonstrated its commitment to the students of Dodge City.

“Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Legislature earmarked additional funding for our program in the FY 2023 State Budget, and we have also received increased support from businesses and sources These diverse streams of financial support allow us to meet rising costs and simultaneously grow and impact more students.”

Twenty-three new additions to JAG-K statewide bring its count to 104 programs in 48 school districts across the state. The program plans to serve approximately 5,500 students in the 2022-2023 school year, an increase of approximately 1,200 students.

(See below for a list of new JAG-K programs for the 2022-2023 school year) JAG-K programs are now in 86 multi-year high schools and 13 middle schools across Kansas. JAG-K also offers five alternative education programs and five “transition” programs dedicated to homestay students.

JAG-K programs across the state reported a 95% graduation rate for the Class of 2021. This total exceeded Kansas State’s total graduation rate of 88%.

JAG-K has had an 86% full-time pass rate, meaning the number of 2021 graduates are either in post-secondary education, military service, or working full-time one year after graduation. Seventy-two percent of 2021 graduates are employed, with 84 percent of those reporting working

full time. JAG-K is a multi-year school program for students in grades 6-12 that provides tools to successfully transition students into post-secondary school, the military, or directly into the workforce with marketable skills. Program participants face multiple barriers to success which their JAG-K Career Specialist helps them overcome through an evidence-based, nationally accredited model.

The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is a state affiliate of the JAG Program National Network that operates in 40 different states and territories. It is primarily funded through the State of Kansas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant, administered by the Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF). In addition to school districts and the DCF, JAG-K partners with the Kansas Department of Education. Other JAG-K funding sources include ADM, AT&T, Evergy, Goldstein Charitable Trust, John Deere, Kansas Health Foundation, Kansas Insurance Department, Kansas State Bank Commissioner, Stormont Vail Health, Synchrony Financial, Taco Bell Foundation , 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.


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