Featured Shipmate – Auxiliarist Kenneth Jacobs

Monday, December 5, 2011

 

Award of Meritorious Service Medal to Auxiliarist Kenneth Jacobs by RADM Daniel Neptun. (left to right) CDR Chris Zorman, COMO Hal Marshall, CAPT Stephan Finton, Auxiliarist Kenneth Jacobs, RADM Daniel Neptun. Photo by Auxiliarist Rande Wilson.

Auxiliarist Kenneth Jacobs was awarded the Auxiliary Meritorious Service Medal by RADM Daniel Neptun, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard District One in Boston.  “Mr. Jacobs demonstrated exceptional leadership skill while providing direct support for the Coast Guard Academy’s mission to recruit highly qualified cadet candidates.  An expert in recruiting underrepresented minorities, he traveled the country to market the Academy’s national prominence”, said RADM Neptun.  “Mr. Jacobs dedication and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.”

 

Auxiliarist Kenneth Jacobs at his desk in the Admissions Office of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. Photo by Auxiliarist Rande Wilson.

Starting in January 2009, Mr. Jacobs was off and running to ensure every high school guidance counselor in the State of Connecticut was educated about the Coast Guard Academy and the many opportunities it can offer to their highest achievers and he has not slowed down.  He expanded the target audience by adding visits to schools in the states of Delaware, New York, Florida and California.

 

By the beginning of June 2009, Mr. Jacobs completed over 150 high school visits to every high school in the state of Connecticut. During high school visits, he shares key information about the Coast Guard Academy with competitive and diverse high school students.  His positive, sincere, and helpful demeanor, as well as continuously active participation as a USCGA Admissions Officer has clearly had a positive impact on recruiting efforts in serving to inspire countless young and talented high school students to apply to USCGA.

 

Mr. Jacobs piloted a highly successful program to target nearly 200 high schools rich in talented minority populations in 16 different states.  He has driven over 3600 miles in his recruitment efforts and visited over 40 schools in Montana alone. He meets with students, high school administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and other educational organizations to provide information about USCGA opportunities for high school juniors and seniors.

 

Mr. Jacobs is the only Auxiliarist to obtain the qualification as an USCGA Admissions Counselor and has essentially been working full time there since September of 2009.  He developed and executed delivery of a training plan to support the activation of 10 reserve officers and trained Academy Admissions Partners involved with the minority recruitment mission.

 

Mr. Jacobs cultivated many new relationships with diverse groups in support of the USCGA’s diversity and outreach mission.  He has been a key member of the Admissions Minority Outreach Team, contributing over 3000 volunteer hours. His efforts resulted in significant numbers of high quality completed applications, making a direct impact on making the Class of 2015 the most diverse in the history of the Coast Guard.

 

“I really enjoy working with people, in general and young talented students, in particular,” stated Jacobs. “Working as an Admissions Counselor for the Academy has been a richly rewarding experience.”

 

 

 

 

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  1. […] Auxiliarist Kenneth Jacobs was awarded the Auxiliary Meritorious Service Medal by RADM Daniel Neptun, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard District One in Boston. “Mr. Jacobs demonstrated exceptional leadership skill while providing direct support for the Coast Guard Academy’s mission to recruit highly qualified cadet candidates. An expert in recruiting underrepresented minorities, he traveled the country to market the Academy’s national prominence”, said RADM Neptun. “Mr. Jacobs dedication and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.” Read more here. […]


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