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Iowa earns summerlong recognitions for achievements in education


Throughout the summer, Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates, or iJAG, and its stakeholders were recognized nationally for a variety of performance outcomes. Kira Canada, an iJAG alum, was elected president of the National Career Association – an organization that advocates for JAG students and influences the JAG student experience for state affiliates across the country. Additionally, three Dubuque Hempstead High School students advanced to compete nationally at the National Career Development Conference against student groups from the 38 other state affiliates in April. In July, iJAG received JAG’s top honor – the 6-of-6 National Network Award – for exceeding six-out-of-six performance benchmarks that aim to improve graduation and employment. Four educators who deliver and support iJAG programming were also recognized for their performance: Amber Heckart of Ottumwa High School; Jami Baumer of Davenport Central High School; Jill Kienzle of South Tama County High School; and Justin Wagner, an iJAG school administrative partner and superintendent of the Woodbine Community School District. Iowa is one of 39 state affiliates of Jobs for America’s Graduates, a nationwide nonprofit supported by state legislatures, Fortune 500 business executives, community leaders and other career development experts throughout the country.

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