Hays JAG-K Students Do Well in Regional Development Conference

HHS students win medals at 3 events


Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) Hays High School students recently participated in the JAG-K Region Career Development Conference, earning three medals and qualifying three to compete at the state level .

“CDC is a great opportunity for our students to demonstrate some of the skills they learned at JAG-K,” said Bryan Zollinger, JAG-K Career Specialist at Hays High School. “We are proud of their performance at the regionals. Going to the state meet will be a great experience.

Hays High School’s individual medalists were:
• Tea Hartman, 1st place, t-shirt logo design
• Edwin Muller, 2nd place, career preparation
• Chason VanderWege, 3rd place, financial literacy

Region 1 CDC featured JAG-K students from multiple schools participating in events showcasing skills learned in the JAG-K program. Employability skills, public speaking, financial literacy, and community service are just a few of the events students have participated in.

Students who placed in the top five in each category won a medal, and the top three in each event qualified for the state competition, held at Barton Community College on April 5.

“These events are perfect opportunities for students to show off their skills and network with our partners and supporters,” said John Linn, Regional Manager for Region 1. “It’s amazing to see the students being proud of themselves. themselves and all they have learned and developed through JAG-K It is a wonderful feeling to know that the organization and our specialists are making a difference in the lives of our young people.

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 by the Kansas State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant administered by the Kansas Department of Children and Families. 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, Goldstein Charitable Trust, John Deere, Kansas Health Foundation, Kansas State Bank Commissioner, Stormont Vail Health, Synchrony Financial, 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.

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