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ERIC Number: EJ759614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-11
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Pathways to a Diploma
Gewertz, Catherine
Education Week, v26 n32 p29-31 Apr 2007
This article discusses a program at John Adams High School in New York City that helps students who have fallen behind acquire the credits they need to graduate, while still enabling them to hold a job and meet family obligations. The program is one of 20 Young Adult Borough Centers operated by the New York City Department of Education in partnership with community based organizations such as Forest Hills Community House. Career and college planning, job-skills development, and extra academic help are woven into the coursework. Social workers provide emotional support to manage the ups and downs of life that might derail students. This article also discusses New York City's "multiple pathways to graduation" concept, which includes "learning to work" instruction that helps students make the transition to work or college, and provides emotional support along the way. Tom Pendleton, the director of the learning-to-work initiative, said the program recognizes that accruing credits isn't the only ingredient necessary for postsecondary success. Making real connections to work and college, with lots of hands-on help from adults, is also crucial.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York