Governor Hosts JAG Luncheon

Governor Matt Bevin, a staunch advocate for JAG Kentucky, hosted a luncheon on October 5th at the Governor’s Mansion welcoming both business and industry partners along with educational leaders from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Kenneth M. Smith, President and CEO of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., praised Governor Bevin’s tenacity and willingness to defy the norm in order to ensure Kentucky’s youth exceed national standards related to school-to-work growth.  

Kentucky students frequently find themselves confronted by numerous obstacles throughout their tenure in high school.  One of the more complex issues students must navigate however occurs immediately upon graduation. Most find the transition from classroom to career extremely challenging and fraught with more questions than answers.  JAG Kentucky bridges the gap between the diploma recipient and direct passage to the world of work. JAG prepares students for successful career progression while nurturing employability skills necessary to reach their full potential as an employee.

JAG Kentucky students Elijah Durham (Clay County ATC) and Donica Johnson (Frederick Douglas High School) presented passionate speeches intimately detailing their journey in JAG to a captivated audience during the luncheon.  Both students received standing ovations upon the completion of their speech. Their ability to overcome obstacles truly embodies everything JAG Kentucky represents as a program for the youth of our great state.

JAG Kentucky wishes to express personal gratitude as well as individual acknowledgement to luncheon partners and attendees which included the following:  Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis, Office of the Governor representatives Beth Kuhn and Bryan Sunderland, Adecco, Toyota, Archer Daniels Midland, Staples, Commonwealth Solutions Group, Tyson Foods, Mubea Automotive, Saint Elizabeth Healthcare, KAIC Business Development, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Lee Nimocks from the KY Council on Postsecondary Education, Haas Automation, UK HealthCare, KAM, Catalent Pharma Solutions, LG & E Gas Distribution, Tom Miller & Associates, ILS, Iris Wilbur of Greater Louisville Inc., and Kristi Putnam from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.