Friday, January 13, 2006
CCHS transitional education program raises graduation rates
The Student Transitional Education Program (STEP) helps a small number of disadvantaged students at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) who would most likely not graduate without it. CCHS vice-principal Alan Weinstein administers the program, that was designed for those juniors and seniors that find themselves in jeopardy of not graduating. Students work at a job from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and come to school after other students have left for the day. They attend classes from 2:30 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. and take courses in English, social studies, career planning, and job skills. They can garner more credits in this program than in the average school day, and there are fewer distractions with only six to eight students per class.
The program began last spring and has been financed with state funds at a cost of between $35,000 and $40,000. Eight students participated last spring. Five received diplomas, and all five went on to college this fall. Principal Art Dulong notes currently there are several students in the program and without STEP, "Most would not graduate and certainly some would drop out."
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