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Out-of-school youth in the Golden Crescent have a new path to graduation day

  • Joanna
  • December 16, 2016

VICTORIA, Texas, December 16, 2016 – A new program aimed at giving out-of- school youth the flexibility and support they need to earn a high school diploma is being launched by Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent.

The program is intended for youth ages 16 to 24 who are not currently enrolled in school and have not yet earned a high school diploma or GED.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the tireless work done in the schools of our region to make sure that every student can get to graduation day,” said Henry Guajardo, the Executive Director of Workforce Solutions. “But we also know that sometimes students face hardships that push them away from even the best schools, and we’re trying to make sure those young men and women know the gate hasn’t closed for them.”

In addition to the courses students need to complete their high school educations, the program includes opportunities for participants to earn credentials certifying their proficiency in areas including basic employability, digital literacy and manufacturing.

“Our goal doesn’t start and stop with a diploma,” said Ron Klausner, the CEO of Graduation Alliance, which is partnering with Workforce Solutions to facilitate the program. “We want to make sure our students have something to graduate to. That means more education and a good job.”

The program includes access to more than 200 online courses, 24-7 academic support from highly qualified teachers, personal academic coaches and tutors, and career transition counselors who stay with students throughout their education, training, and job placement.

More information about enrollment is available at gcworkforce.gradally.com, by calling 361-578-0341, or by visiting the nearest Workforce Solutions Office.

About Graduation Alliance

Graduation Alliance strengthens communities, states and the economy by preparing and empowering tomorrow’s workforce. Through highly effective postsecondary planning, alternative education and training programs, Graduation Alliance ensures every student has an opportunity to succeed during and after high school. For more information about Graduation Alliance, visit www.graduationalliance.com.

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