JAG IS MAKING AN IMPACT IN NEBRASKA

All students face challenges, some more overwhelming than others. Common barriers standing in the way of high school graduation include economic factors, academic difficulties and personal or social development issues. Despite these barriers, there is a solution: JAG Nebraska. And while the program is relatively new to our state, it’s already making a major impact.

JAG Nebraska is an evidence-based, for-credit classroom elective that provides professional and technical education to all students who need, want or can benefit from the assistance.

OVERCOMING STUDENT BARRIERS STATEWIDE

Since 2019, JAG Nebraska has served 2,200 students through 24 programs at 22 schools in 12 school districts – and the numbers only continue to grow as data supporting the success of the program increases. This is good news for the young people in Nebraska who face significant barriers to success.

Our students are achieving success by …
  • Increasing GPA or academic performance
  • Increasing confidence
  • Developing meaningful connection
  • Fulfilling social responsibility and civic service
  • Earning financial empowerment for a sustainable future
The JAG Advantage model of learning empowers students to overcome their challenges and achieve in school, work and life

Studies show JAG students are equipped with skills that help them engage in creating positive connections with peers which leads to increased engagement, attendance and GPA scores. In 2020, JAG Nebraska realized a 100% graduation rate.

LEARNING THAT WORKS FOR NEBRASKA

JAG Nebraska is aligned with the guiding principles and priorities of the Nebraska Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, part of the Nebraska Department of Education. CTEs like JAG help students explore career options, identify interests and develop skills that prepare them for postsecondary education and/or entry-level careers.

At $1,800 per student, JAG provides a comprehensive range of services that help each participant to succeed for $7 per school day.

PROGRAMS THAT WORK FOR STUDENTS

There are six levels of JAG programs that begin as early as middle school and continue through high school graduation and early college success. The JAG Advantage model incorporates three key components, proven to ensure students’ development and success:

  • employer engagement
  • trauma-informed care
  • project-based learning

All JAG participants are expected to master up to 87 core competencies, based around:

  • career development
  • job attainment
  •  job survival
  •  basic skills
  •  leadership and self-development
  •  personal skills

RESULTS THAT WORK FOR EMPLOYERS

At a time when Nebraska employers face significant difficulty attracting enough skilled workers, JAG students are the solution to the problem. They are a diverse and inclusive group of individuals who are ready to use their training and talents in the workplace.

“JAG Nebraska is the gold standard of state partners. JAG’s work with our agencies, business leaders and community members has cultivated the next generation of Nebraska workers. The students they serve are set up for success in the years to come.”  

– Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts

JAG-Nebraska Board of Directors January – December 2021

Pete Ricketts

Governor
State of Nebraska

Governor Pete Ricketts was sworn in as Nebraska’s 40th Governor on January 8, 2015 and reelected to a second term in November 2018.

John H. Albin

Commissioner
Nebraska Department of Labor

John H. Albin, a native of Humboldt, Nebraska, was appointed as Commissioner of Labor by Governor Pete Ricketts in January 2015.

K.C. Beltiz

Director
Nebraska Community Foundation

K.C. Belitz is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Nebraska Community Foundation. As Chief Operating Officer, K.C.

Kathy J. Fuchser, Ed.D.

Columbus Campus President/Division VP

Dr. Fuchser hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education/English from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

Stacie J. Hardy

Superintendent
Umonhon Nation Public Schools

Stacie J. Hardy has served as the Superintendent of Umonhon Nation Public Schools for the past 6 years.

DeLayne Havlovic

K-12 Coordinator of Career Education & Programming

DeLayne Havlovic serves Omaha Public Schools as the K-12 Coordinator of Career

Ted Hibbeler

Tribal Extension Educator/UNL/Extension Division

Ted Hibbeler is a member of the Iron Shell family (Maza Pon Kesh Ka Tiospaye)

Lisa Hurley

Executive Director
York County

Lisa Hurley is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council

Heidi Isley

Director
Associated Staffing, Inc.

Heidi Isley is the Director of Operations for Associated Staffing Inc..

Dan Phillips

Director of Innovation for Career & College Readiness

Daniel Phillips is the Director of Innovation for Career & College Readiness

Dan Waters

Lampson, Dugan & Murray / UWM Board Member

Dan Waters is a business and estate planning attorney in Omaha. He advises a variety of individual

Brian Woolfolk

Head of Institutional Division
Pacific Life

Mr. Woolfolk serves as senior vice president and head of the Institutional Division.