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[DWD] Local Student Receives National JAG Scholarship
Start Date: 7/17/2015Start Time: 12:00 AM
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For Immediate Release | 7/17/2015
Contact: Joe Frank
Phone: 317-234-7671


Local Student Receives National JAG Scholarship

JAG Program assists high school students with earning diploma, achieving employability skills

INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2015)Indiana Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) student, Kei’ Chelle Jordan was one of 14 students from across the country to receive the Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship this week at JAG’s National Training Seminar in New Orleans. Jordan is a recent graduate of Calumet New Tech High School, who plans to use the scholarship to pursue a career in computer technology.

Jordan’s career aspirations are a result of several career assessments she took when she first joined JAG, which determined a career in computer technology would be an ideal career field. Jordan, with help from her JAG Specialist, researched training and requirements to make her dream a reality. The scholarship will help her continue her education at the University of Indianapolis and become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

“I am extremely proud of Kei’ Chelle and everything she has accomplished as she begins her college experience,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “Indiana’s JAG program is the largest in the nation because of hard working, talented students just like Kei’ Chelle.” 

JAG is a state-based national non-profit dedicated to reconnecting at risk students academically by helping them overcome barriers to graduation. Since 2006, Indiana’s JAG program has helped more than 13,000 Hoosier students stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality jobs leading to career advancement. Currently, more than 5,500 students participate in JAG through 118 programs located throughout Indiana. 

Students are taught competencies, such as critical thinking, team leadership and effective communications skills that will increase their marketability. JAG students receive adult mentoring while in school and one year of follow-up counseling after graduation.  Indiana’s program graduates more than 93 percent of participants and many students choose to continue their education after high school. The JAG program is funded through grants provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

If you would like to learn more about the Indiana JAG program visit .




Media Contact: Joe Frank, 317-234-7671


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