Students demonstrate competencies in interviewing, job preparedness, teamwork, communications, and leadership
Students from Atchison High School, Emporia High School, Highland Park High School, Lawrence Free State High School, Lawrence High School, Royal Valley High School (Hoyt), Seaman High School, Shawnee Heights High School, Topeka High School, and Topeka West High School met for the Northeast Regional Career Development Conference (CDC) hosted in the Business Building on Kansas State University’s campus.
CDC Events included Public Speaking, Employability Skills, Math Skills, Project Based Learning, Mapping My Future, and JAG-K Entrepreneurs. The competitions allowed students the opportunity to showcase the skills they are learning in the competency-based curriculum of the JAG-K program.
The top four finishers in each event advanced to compete at the State Career Development Conference on April 18 at Emporia State University. Congratulations to the following individuals (listed 1st - 4th place):
Public Speaking: Analisa Ramos, Highland Park HS; Tonyce Jackson, Topeka HS; Evelin Barron, Emporia HS; Lucy Mundy, Royal Valley HS.
Project Based Learning: Aniikah Sosa and Hailey Horn, Emporia HS; Jenny Vazquez and Paola Mejia, Emporia HS; JT Robinson and Justin Essman, Shawnee Heights HS; Tanuelle Jackson, Topeka HS.
Employability Skills: Crystal Cabrera Emporia HS; Kiana Chandler, Topeka HS, Steven Garcia, Emporia HS; Keesis Potts, Royal Valley HS.
Math Skills: Jason Mitchiner, Topeka HS; Eden Barnett, Atchison HS; Evan Smith, Lawrence Free State HS; Tre’ Burkett, Seaman HS.
Mapping My Future: Nicole Cornelison, Shawnee Heights HS; Nayely Zuniga, Emporia HS; Crosby Reimer, Lawrence HS; Jamaruia Phillips, Topeka HS.
JAG-K Entrepreneurs: Rae’chel Atkins and Torey Love, Lawrence Free State HS, Meaghan Koon and Ethan Ashley, Royal Valley; Lee Wilnareon and Jonte Munoz, Topeka HS; Manuel Cadena and Maricruz Arevalo, Emporia HS.
Emporia HS Grades 11-12 and Topeka HS tied for first place in the team points challenge. Emporia was awarded first place using a tiebreaker of the school with the most first place finishers.
JAG-K students enjoyed participating in a Kansas State University College Browsing Fair, completing a Career Inventory Assessment, visiting with a Career Coach, and guided campus tours.
JAG-K is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that partners with students facing various barriers to success, helping them graduate high school and on to a successful career path. JAG-K currently has 68 programs in 33 Kansas school districts, serving more than 3,100 students. The organization is expanding in 2018-19 to include new programs in Beloit, Shawnee Mission, and Topeka. Knapp indicated there is more demand for the program than available resources. Funding for the program primarily comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars, administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
JAG-K is an affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 34 states and territories. In addition to school districts, JAG-K partners with DCF and the Kansas State Department of Education. JAG-K also relies on private funds from contributors including AT&T, John Deere Aetna Foundation, and Amerigroup Foundation. Anyone interested in more information about JAG-K may visit the website at www.jagkansas.org.
JAG-K is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that partners with students facing various barriers to success, helping them graduate high school and then on to a successful career path.