Hartford City, IN (August 2016)– Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) specialist, Melissa Fritz, from Indiana’s Region 6 was nationally recognized for her efforts in increasing graduation rates, post-secondary education and finding employment. She was honored at the 36th Annual JAG National Training Seminar in Orlando. Superintendent, Scot Croner, PhD, of the Blackford County Schools stated, "We are very proud of Melissa Fritz for her selection as the 2016 Indiana JAG Specialist of the year. Mrs. Fritz is an outstanding educator that constantly strives to provide the best instruction and support for her students." Mike Row, President/CEO for Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc., responded, "Melissa Fritz is a gifted leader whose investment in the lives of Blackford County High School JAG students will have a positive, multi-generational impact. On behalf of the Eastern Indiana Workforce Development Board and Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc., I offer my sincere gratitude to Melissa for her selfless efforts in making our region a better place. I also congratulate Melissa and her family on this well-deserved award." Janet White, Region 6 JAG Manager, commented, " We are fortunate to have Melissa Fritz on our very talented JAG Team in Region 6. She is truly passionate about helping young adults transition into life after high school. She does whatever it takes to equip her JAG students to succeed. Whether it is team-building, practicing leadership skills or financial literacy in the classroom or sending them out to Work Experiences or service learning projects in the community or encouraging them to stay in college, she makes sure JAG students have the training and opportunities they need to succeed. I am very happy that she had the opportunity to be recognized for her good work!" Congratulations, Melissa!