Bishop Ward High School

Bishop Ward Receives Tablets from JPMorgan Chase Foundation

February 17, 2017 (Kansas City, Kan.): Bishop Ward High School’s Academy of Finance program (AOF) from Kansas City, KS is receiving 80 Samsung Galaxy Tablets, for their AOF students to use in enhancing their academy experience. NAF corporate partner, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, generously donated 750 tablets to select NAF academies across the country.

Bishop Ward’s AOF program demonstrated how students will use the technology to complete projects that will improve their College & Career Readiness (CCR) skills. The NAF College & Career Readiness (CCR) Skills are embedded in the NAF curriculum and work-based learning resources.


Among the projects, students will complete a time management project focusing on the outcome categories of collaboration and teamwork:  including communication, initiative and self-direction. The purpose is to provide students options for learning practical work skills by utilizing a device as a tool for time management and on-line exploration and study.  The project will culminate with small-group presentations in both English and Spanish.  The students will use the tablets to access online educational content and research materials related to collaboration and diversity in the workplace.


“We are grateful to NAF and JP Morgan Chase for providing the tablets for student use to our AOF program. These tablets will give us an opportunity to reduce the digital divide and provide the hardware and personal guidance to our students to become college, career and future ready.  The tablet projects will teach students necessary skills to build effective collaborative working relationships with colleagues, to effectively work in diverse teams, to improve listening and communication skills and manage their time effectively.”  Lori Dowd, Director of Bishop Ward’s Academy of Finance program.


The Bishop Ward Academy of Finance program began in the Fall of 2006 with the first AOF graduating class in 2009. The Bishop Ward High School Academy of Finance seeks to prepare students for college, work, and citizenship through rigorous and engaging projects that connect to real issues in business and finance. There are currently 81 BWHS students participating in the Academy of Finance and three AOF instructors in the program: Jeff Nesselhuf, Kevin O’Brien, and Chris Sinclair. Lori Dowd is the Director of the AOF program. Lori taught for 31 years in the business department here at Bishop Ward and was an instructor at the inception of the program.


About JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at


About NAF:

NAF, is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready.


NAF works with high need communities to transform the high school experience through an educational design that includes industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals, culminating in a paid internship. NAF academies fit within and enhance school systems, allowing NAF to become an integral part of a plan for higher achievement at a low cost. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2016-17 school year more than 96,000 students attended 675 NAF academies across 36 states, including D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2016, NAF academies reported 96% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates with post-secondary intentions. For more information, please visit:



Bishop Ward High School is the only Catholic high school in Wyandotte County.  Since 1908, its mission is to provide a quality, Catholic, college-preparatory education in a Christ-centered community that nurtures the body, mind and soul of each student.  For more information, visit