Welcome to the Office of Academic and Community Programs
Deborah Jackson-Nesmith, Coordinating Supervisor
Juanda Scott, Specialist
The Office of Academic and Community Programs assist with facilitation and implementation of comprehensive/academic and career projects. These programs assist staff, students, paretns and community members successfully develop skills for student's graduation, post-secondary experiences, career and technical competencies that lead to productive citizenry.
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GEAR UP | HILLSIDE WORK-SCHOLARSHIP CONNECTION (HW-SC) | OFFICE OF MILITARY SCIENCE | EVEN START FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM
Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
Mission: To significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.
Program Description: GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools such as tutoring, mentoring, teacher training, curriculum enhancement, summer programs, college visits, counseling and parental involvement activities.
To increase the academic performance and preparation
To increase the rate of high school graduation; and
To increase educational expectations.
HILLSIDE WORK-SCHOLARSHIP CONNECTION (HW-SC)
Mission: To increase the graduation rates of students by providing long-term advocacy, acdemic resources, life skills development, and job training leading to self-sufficient, contributing adults for our community.
Program Description: HW-SC is a program for secondary students in grades 7-9 that provides academic services, life and social development, youth employment training leading to job placement as well as post-secondary preparation and support. Youth Advocates work with identified students and parents on program components such as character development, decision-making and problem solving, health care education and community service in addition to a rigorous academic/intervention thrust.
To increase the number of youth who work who work to their academic potential by linking them to academic services;
To increase the number of youth who acquire the knowledge necessary to pursue post-secondary education including career and technical training;
To provide youth with pre-employment training and structured, paid work experience;
To increase the number of youth graduating from high school with the ability to contribute to society in positive ways.
OFFICE OF MILITARY SCIENCE
JUNIOR RESERVES OFFICER'S TRAINING CORPS (JROTC)
Mission: To facilitate and support comprehensive high schools educating young men and women in a rigorous academic and military program.
Program Description: JROTC programs support and enable educational environments to provide safe, disciplined and vibrant facilities that promote lifelong learning and leadership skills. The blending of the academic and military themes will intensify and broaden the student's capabilities and reinforce their moral, mental and physical character and stamina. JROTC programs are dedicated to the development of productive citizens and cadets (through the military regimen) who are eager to learn, college-bound and contributors to their community and the global society.
To promote student learning and achievement through integration of County/State and JROTC Curriculum;
To prepare JROTC cadets for responsible leadership roles and productive citizenship;
To develop and practice proficiencies in basis military skills necessary for working effectively as a member of a team;
To promote positive self-estem and participate in a global/culturally diverse society.
EVEN START FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM
ADVANCING BOYS PROGRAM (AB Centers)
Mission: To provide family-centered educational intervention centers and classrooms for disadvantaged or at-risk boys ages 3-8 years of age and their families.
Program Description: The Even Start Family Literacy Program's Advancing Boys Centers are designed to promote the achievement in at-risk boys through parent and community involvement, staff development training sessions, mentoring and establishing "boy friendly" classroom environments. This program is an expansion of the unique Even Start community outreach model of cooperation and collaboration. The program design focuses on working closely with county, community and schools to provide comprehensive family-centered educational programs. These programs will provide parent/adult education activities; male mentorship, boy-friendly schools and environments and AB Centers to assist with establishing rigorous academic performance, positive esteem, parenting education, early childhood education, and career building opportunties.
- To promote an atmosphere of family friendly schools;
- To provide center-based literacy classes for children and parents;
- To increase parent involvement in schools;
- To provide staff training around cultural, class, gender and language issues;
- To provide minority male mentors;
- To create opportunities that provide safe and effective high quality teaming environments/schools.