Governor Sam Brownback Named to National Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates

by | Aug 28, 2014 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Topeka – Governor Sam Brownback has been elected unanimously to the national Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates. The Governor was named to the board in July and will serve through January 2017.

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a national education and employment system designed to improve graduation rates and academic achievement for at-risk students. Currently, 25 Kansas high schools across the state are participating in the JAG program.

“The JAG program has profoundly affected the lives of the students participating in it,” said Governor Brownback. “I am pleased to serve on the board and to work with JAG in its efforts to prepare students to succeed both academically and personally, providing them skills to build a positive future.”

The Kansas “Jobs for America’s Graduates” program is administered by Communities in Schools of Kansas in partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Kansas State Department of Education. For more than 30 years, the JAG model has worked to keep at-risk students in school through graduation or completion of a GED; encourage them to pursue post-secondary education; and secure entry-level employment with opportunities for advancement.

“We are pleased to welcome Governor Brownback,” said Kenneth Smith, president of JAG. “He brings experience and leadership in improving education, preparing students for jobs and supporting positive outcomes in higher education to this position on the board.”

 Earlier this week, the Governor visited with students and JAG specialists at schools across the state. Photos from those visits are available at