About JAKAPA

Helping Educators Bridge the Soft Skills Gap

Welcome to JAKAPA, the premier platform for measuring, training, and tracking soft skills in education. Soft skills play a crucial role in both professional success and student achievement. Did you know that a lack of soft skills not only affects workplace productivity but also impacts student success?

Poor soft skills, such as communication and collaboration, contribute to misunderstandings and inefficiencies in educational settings. Research shows that students with strong soft skills exhibit better academic performance, higher engagement levels, and improved behavior.

At JAKAPA, we understand the profound impact of soft skills on student outcomes. Our platform empowers educators to develop these essential skills in students, fostering a positive learning environment and preparing them for future success.

In the workplace, poor soft skills lead to wasted time and decreased productivity. For students, it can translate to challenges in teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving—key skills needed for academic and career success.

Join us at JAKAPA to transform your workforce and classroom. Let’s bridge the soft skills gap together and unlock the full potential of your organization and students. Together, we can cultivate a culture of communication, collaboration, and success in education and business.

About JAKAPA

Meet Our Team

The JAKAPA team is diverse and each member of our founding team brings expertise that will help us succeed. 

Gavin Pringle

Founder & CEO

Gavin Pringle

wanted to be Ruler of All the Ants

Gavin Pringle is our CEO and he has experience in organizational leadership, teaching, and developing curriculum and assessments. He has over 7 years of management experience in the US Navy and education sector and five years experience as an instructor and professional development provider.

He has successfully designed and executed multiple proofs-of-concept in the education technology space and has conducted extensive customer discovery and feasibility research in the education technology space. He leads our funding efforts, represents our company in St. Louis as an Arch Grant Winner, and focuses on sales. 

Lisa Riegel, PhD

Chief Operations Officer

Lisa Riegel, PhD

wanted to be a judge

Lisa Riegel, PhD is our Chief Operations Officer. She manages operations, leads the development and support of our coaching network and oversees the development of JAKAPA’s skills challenges, implementation and resources. Her doctoral cognate area focused on adult motivation and engagement, and she is an expert at designing curriculum and professional learning. Her strategic counsel on program improvement, communication, and evaluation has been sought internationally. 

She has experience building statewide learning curriculum in Ohio, including an intensive pedagogical institute for career switchers earning teaching licenses and a formative instructional practices series to improve instruction and assessment practices.  Dr. Riegel holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English and Secondary Education, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and she has authored three books.

Keara Pringle

Chief Technical & Finance Officer

Keara Pringle

wanted to be a doctor

Keara Pringle is our Chief Technical and Finance Officer. She oversees JAKAPA’s assessment system software. She manages the development of the user experience, supervises the developers and leads efforts to develop integrations that make the software more user friendly. She also manages contracts, generates our financial projections and manages all our accounts payable and receivable. She has a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MBA.

She worked for 9 years in product development, production operations, and product support for customers. She manages projects from design to released production and then oversees ongoing product support. She has worked extensively on accounting, sales, marketing, procurement, and technical teams and led oversight and budgeting of several million dollar development projects.

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JAKAPA can help you improve productivity, retention and employee engagement

Showcase your company’s growth mindset, diversify your employee development and wellness programming, and improve retention, customer satisfaction and efficiency with JAKAPA’s assessments and tools.

Soft skills impact your bottom line.
  • 82% of employees quit due to a manager’s bad soft skills.
  • 17 Hours per employee per week are wasted clarifying previous communication.
  • $1.5 million is wasted each year by an average company of 50 employees due to ineffective soft skills.
The Challenge

Are soft skills impacting your productivity and retention rate?

73% of employers say they cannot find graduates with sufficient soft skills (SHRM). Are you one of them? JAKAPA can help.

A 1918 study concluded that 80% of success is due to soft skills and 100 years later we still fail to produce graduates with sufficient skills.

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning identified that professionalism/work ethic, teamwork/collaboration and oral communications are the key characteristics they need in their employees.

How much does a lack of soft skills cost your organization annually?

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The Solution

Address the foundational issue that prevents productivity and engagement - a lack of soft skills

JAKAPA is a comprehensive, customizable web-based solution and Skills Tracker App that builds skill awareness, alignment and engagement through self and peer assessments and a personalized learning and support system.

Soft skills are the professional skills that matter and investing in them has a great return on investment! JAKAPA measures up to 32 skills in five domains. Let JAKAPA build you a Profile of a Worker that identifies the key skills your employees need to be successful, so you can make better hiring and promotion decisions, increase productivity, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your teams.

Measure

JAKAPA’s program includes unlimited administrations of self and peer assessments. The more you use it, the greater its impact.

Assess your employees and develop a Profile of a Worker based on the skills that predict success.

Use JAKAPA peer assessments to inform employee development programs.

Administer peer assessments to teams and gain feedback on leadership.

Track

JAKAPA users see self assessment data in real time. You can schedule when you release peer assessment results to correspond with performance reviews or employee training.

JAKAPA’s reports show personal data, comparative data and growth data.

Learn

JAKAPA’s Skills Challenges are personalized and flexible. Develop an incentive and rewards system that will motivate your staff to embark on a journey of self and team improvement.

JAKAPA’s skills challenges provide experiential professional development. Use the skills challenges to frame a reward program or internal credentialing program.

JAKAPA’s informational resources on each domain helps users better understand the domains, the skills and why they are important.

JAKAPA’s data debrief protocols provide guidance on reading data and reflective questions to guide individual and team goal setting.