Unfortunately, the high school student dropout rate in New Jersey is increasing compared to the national average. Therefore, Embrace Relief has implemented the GradPlus program in 16 schools throughout the state, giving high school students the opportunity to pursue vocational training in a field they are passionate about.
Partnerships with local organizations and schools allow Embrace Relief to work directly with the students, teachers, and mentors to ensure a path to successful higher education. When a student enters GradPlus, they work directly with a mentor and tutor to optimize studying habits for the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) test, which is required to enter vocational training.
Students have the ability to choose from over 45 choices of vocational training paths in every type of field such as medical, tech, business, cosmetology, and more. Some specific programs include being a personal trainer, web development, electrician, massage therapist, radio or television broadcaster, and so many more!
Why is GradPlus important?
- Improves self-esteem and confidence
- Results in higher graduation rates
- Provides guidance toward a successful career path or college education
- Informs students about access to financial support and certification programs
- Strengthens academic concepts hindering students’ educational success
- Increases higher income opportunities in the future
GradPlus is an excellent program for high school students who face economic and environmental conditions impeding academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities, and transition to secondary education or a career. 140 high school students have benefited from GradPlus to date.
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