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Pittsburg High School attacks dropout issue with two programs

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Keeping at risk kids in school and getting them into the work force is a goal Pittsburg High School has  a grant to help accomplish.  

 J.A.G. or Jobs for America's Graduates classes have been added.   Between 35 and 40 students who have dropped out before or are in danger of doing so get focused lessons on resume writing, interviewing, setting goals and other career skills.  

The grant also brings the national drop out organization,  "Communities in Schools"  to Pittsburg.  It  gives students someone to track their efforts and connect them to resources such as social services, health care and even tutors.

Communities in Schools coordinator Deanna Miller says, "Any kind of a social need they have that we're not aware of,  I'm hoping having me as an adult mentor in their  lives that I can connect them to those things they can feel they need to be here and want to be here."

The J.A.G. coordinator says common risk factors for dropping out include being homeless, a runaway, teen parent, parents don't work or did not graduate high school themselves.


The communities in schools coordinator will be a case manager for sixty-five students from freshman through senior while J.A.G.  classes are primarily for juniors and seniors. 

CIS says among  case managed students 99 percent then stayed in school, while 81 percent improved their academics.  Find more information about communities in schools and its track record at its web site.  click here.

 


 


 

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