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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:47

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• Special to the Leader & Times



Jobs for America’s Graduates -Kansas (JAG-K) students from high schools in Kiowa County, Pratt, Stafford, Great Bend, Garden City, Holcomb, Liberal and Stafford attended a career information assembly thanks to a contribution from Amerigroup Kansas. The event was hosted at Kiowa County High School in Greensburg.  

“JAG-K is excited about our continued partnership with Amerigroup Kansas,” said Chuck Knapp, President/CEO of JAG-K. “Giving students an opportunity to hear directly from healthcare professionals is highly beneficial for their career exploration process.”

Keynote speakers included Frank Clepper Jr., President of Amerigroup Kansas and Kansas Senator Bud Estes. Senator Estes serves on the Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. Both keynote speakers are on the JAG-K Board of Directors.

“Students face a variety of challenges that impact their ability to graduate and gain employment. One barrier is that students don’t have role models to introduce them to careers in healthcare that can inspire them to develop the necessary job skills to enter the work force,” Clepper said. “Through our partnership with JAG-K, Amerigroup Kansas will work to assist students interested in careers in healthcare to  make connections with and receive guidance from healthcare professionals. We want to make sure they have plenty of information about health careers in Kansas.” 

Students also heard from a panel comprised of an Amerigroup Kansas provider relations and long term services and supports representatives as well as  Amerigroup Long Term Services and Supports Representative, a registered nurse and licensed clinical social worker from the Iroquois Center for Human Development from the Iroquois Center for Human Development.

In 2016, through its foundation, Amerigroup’s supported the Improving Health Care Delivery by Targeting the Next Generation of Kansas into Needed Health Care Fields program that  JAG-K led at Schlagle and Harmon high schools in Kansas City. 

Amerigroup wants to assist with the dropout prevention efforts, increase graduation rate and to encourage students to explore and obtain the job skills necessary to enter the healthcare field. 

 

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