Jobs for America’s Graduates – Kansas (JAG-K) today announced that Beverly Mortimer (photo below), has been hired as vice president of program development for the organization that has successfully graduated more than 90 percent of program participants since its inception in 2013. Mortimer recently retired as superintendent of Concordia schools, where she had led the school district for 13 years.
JAG-K collaborates with schools to work with students who have various barriers to graduating, to help the students develop their full potential and get started on a career path past high school. In addition to completing high school, JAG students receive career development training to prepare them for opportunities in employment and further education or training programs that include technical school, apprenticeships and college. The JAG-K graduation rate is 93 percent, which exceeds the overall Kansas graduation rate of 90 percent.
“Bev Mortimer’s passion for student success is inspiring,” said JAG-K President/CEO Chuck Knapp. “She joins a team that is already highly accomplished, and I know our specialists and regional managers will thrive under her leadership.”
A former classroom teacher and principal, Mortimer will be responsible for implementation of all aspects of JAG-K programming throughout Kansas, including partner relations, curriculum and program development, training and a variety of statewide student activities. Mortimer was a champion of the JAG-K program as superintendent and has served on the JAG-K Board of Directors. She is a Kansas native with degrees from both the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.
JAG-K is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is engaged in 29 Kansas school districts and serves more than 2,500 students. JAG-K is an affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 32 states. The 36-year old program has assisted more than one million students nationwide. Governor Sam Brownback brought JAG to Kansas in 2013.
In addition to school districts, JAG-K partners with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Kansas State Department of Education. Funding for the program primarily comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars, administered by DCF. JAG-K also relies on private funds from contributors including AT&T, Archer Daniels Midland Company, John Deere, Walmart, Cox Communications and Amerigroup.
Anyone interested in more information about JAG-K may visit the website at www.jagkansas.org
or call Chuck Knapp at 316-651-6303.