Christy Pray recognized
Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) recently recognized Augusta High School (AHS) JAG-K Career Specialist Christy Pray as a “Regional Outstanding Specialist” and as the state’s “Specialist of the Year” for the 2017-18 school year. She also was honored in July at the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Training Seminar as an “Outstanding Specialist” and “Peak Performer.”
“Christy Pray had an amazing year, especially as a first-year career specialist in a new program,” said JAG-K President and CEO Chuck Knapp. “In partnership with a supportive administration, AHS staff, and the community, Christy was able to help students develop career and leadership skills, improve their academic standing and reach goals they may not have dreamed could be possible.”
Pray was one of 65 JAG-K Career Specialists in 2017-18 and one of only four JAG-K Career Specialists recognized nationally as an “Outstanding Specialist.” The “Peak Performer” award was based on Pray’s classroom demographics and recognized that many of her students were in a position to improve their academic standing. She received both national awards in person at the JAG training seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 8-13.
JAG-K also received numerous awards as an organization, including the prestigious “5 of 5 Award” for the Class of 2017. The 5 of 5 Award is bestowed upon those JAG programs that meet or exceed the performance measures in five categories: graduation rate, successful outcomes, employment, post-secondary enrollment and job placement. JAG has a 12-month follow-up period with all seniors as part of its successful research based, data driven national model. JAG-K students had a graduation rate of 98 percent in 2017. The AHS JAG-K class of 2018 had a 100% graduation rate. The AHS program will be eligible for the 5 of 5 Award in 2019.
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 will have 81 programs in 38 Kansas school districts, serving approximately 3,800 students. Funding for the program primarily comes from a federal grant administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). Participating school districts pay a nominal program fee to participate.
JAG-K is an affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 35 states and territories. In addition to school districts and DCF, JAG-K partners with the Kansas State Department of Education and the communities in which each of the programs are located. JAG-K also relies on private funds from contributors including AT&T, Aetna Foundation, John Deere and Amerigroup Foundation. Anyone interested in more information about JAG-K may visit the website at www.jagkansas.org.