November 23, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. - A national organization is honoring Vincennes
University for its commitment to helping young people build better
futures for themselves.
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is
awarding a National Educational Leadership Award to the
University in recognition of the extraordinary leadership and support
VU contributes to America’s most successful program in helping young
promising students learn in-demand employability skills, pursue
postsecondary education, and enjoy career advancement opportunities.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is a big proponent of JAG. He serves on
the National Board of Directors and was formerly the Board Chair.
Holcomb congratulated the VU JAG College Success Program on its
efforts to help change the trajectory of lives.
“Vincennes University and Jobs for America’s Graduates are teaming up
to keep young adults on the path to lifelong success,” Holcomb said.
“This well-earned recognition highlights VU’s extraordinary dedication
to supporting students as they develop and grow the skills needed to
have great careers.”
An awards ceremony will take place via Zoom during the JAG Board of
Directors Meeting in Washington D.C. on Dec. 3.
“We are grateful that JAG has honored us with this award,” VU JAG
College and Career Success Program Manager Shaun Brames said. “We
believe in empowering students to engage in and explore their
educational goals. We focus on structuring student success in ways
that best meet the individual needs of students and propels them to
tap into their inner potential. I am extremely proud of the students
for their hard work and determination during the challenges of the
“I look forward to a very bright future for the VU JAG College
Success Program. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this team at
Vincennes University. They give me all the tools I need to help
students be successful.”
JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization that helps
young people remove barriers to success for them to achieve their
fullest potential. It aims to give students an advantage that sets
them apart from other youth in today’s emerging workforce through
VU’s JAG College Success Program is a trailblazer in many ways. It is
one of two programs of its kind in Indiana that draws students from
around the state. The program helps students prepare to enter the
workforce after graduation by offering adult mentoring, career
guidance and counseling, leadership development, service-learning
projects, social activities, emergency support services, remediation,
“I was a part of JAG in high school and was really excited to see it
offered at the college level,” said Substance Abuse Counseling major
Emily Carrico of Winslow, Indiana. “I really enjoy the social events
and doing community service projects. I also know Shaun is available
to help proofread papers and to help with career coaching.”
More than 50 students participate in the JAG College Success programs
on the Vincennes and Jasper campuses.
“The Vincennes University JAG College Success Program has been an
amazing experience for me,” said Special Education major Caleb Johnson
of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. “Shaun keeps after me every day to make sure
I am being successful. He works hard to help as many students as he
possibly can, and he has kept me on track.”
VU also hosts the VU JAG Summer Academy yearly. It provides 200
college-bound high school students from throughout Indiana with a
one-week immersive college experience.
“I enjoyed participating in the Vincennes University JAG Summer
Academy. I got to make new friends and learn what to expect as a
college student. I really enjoyed the fun activities and, of course,
Holiday World. I have really enjoyed the social activities and the
community service projects that Shaun Brames plans for us. I love
being part of the JAG College Success Program and getting to work with
Shaun. I can count on him to provide academic remediation all hours of
the day,” said Conservation Law Enforcement major Mason Caudill of
North Judson, Indiana.
Like Caudill, Grace Middleton, a World Language and Linguistics major
from Huntingburg, Indiana, enjoyed attending the virtual VU JAG Summer
Academy in July. She also values the high-quality academic support
that the VU JAG College Success Program provides.
“As a real academic specialist, Shaun Brames has done a bunch to help
me out this year,” Middleton said. “He was able to help me get started
on my psychology research paper when I was having writer’s block. I
can always count on him to help me get the job done.”
The JAG College Success Program is making a difference in the lives
of our future leaders and heroes, especially during this unprecedented
year. It will continue playing an integral role in creating positive
outcomes for all.
For more on VU’s JAG College Success program, see https://www.vinu.edu/web/workforce-development/jag-college-success.
Information about JAG Indiana is available at https://www.indianacareerready.com/jag.