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Members of the Franklin Initiative Graduation Coach Initiative (Mentor Drhea Townsend; United Way Partner Ashley Hall; Chamber of Commerce Employee and Graduation Coach Coordinator Matt Wysocki; Mentor Patty Goldman) and (now former) University of Minnesota Check & Connect Trainer Kay Augustine.
What: The Franklin Initiative Graduation Coach Initiative, a Check & Connect adaptation being implemented by the Greater Bloomington, Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Where: Three high schools in Monroe County (Edgewood High School, Bloomington High School North, Bloomington High School South) each of which has a dedicated Graduation Coach.
Who: The Graduation Coaches, employees of the Chamber of Commerce, are trained social workers who work in the schools full-time during the school year (and 24 hours/week over the summer), meeting one-on-one with referred students to identify and overcome barriers to graduation. Each Graduation Coach has 50-70 students on his/her caseload.
Students are referred to the program due to low GPA or credit attainment, serious attendance problems, and/or recurrent behavioral issues. Incoming ninth graders are targeted.
When: Since 2009
Other Notes: The Franklin Initiative Graduation Coach Initiative is part of the Franklin Initiative’s Stay in School Partnership, a community collaboration aimed at keeping high school students in school and persisting to graduation. Students who participate in the Graduation Coach Initiative also have the opportunity to take the WorkKeys assessment and attend local job fairs put on by the Chamber of Commerce.
Funded by: AT&T Aspire; U.S. Department of Education
More info: See the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce website.
Posted February 5, 2012