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Second Chance Partners for Education exists to create partnerships between local businesses and education to meet the needs of a growing population of non-traditional high school learners. These partnerships will offer an educational program that provides students with an opportunity to earn their high school diploma through an integrated learning experience linking academic standards with real world applications.
The program is designed to serve at-risk high school juniors and seniors who are severely credit deficient with little hope of graduation from a traditional high school setting. Apprentices who successfully complete the program demonstrate and maintain competencies in the core educational subject areas of math, science, social studies, and communications. Additionally, they complete coursework in blueprint reading, computer aided design and manufacturing operations. The students also develop information and communications technology (ICT) literacy through instruction in computer skills and daily use of the wireless network lab that is provided for their instruction. As a result of their achievement, apprentices earn a diploma from the school district where they are enrolled and a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
The location of Second Chance is the most noticeable difference when compared to traditional schools and even alternative education; Second Chance is placed entirely within the facilities of partner businesses and operates according to their calendar. Business partners contribute space, resources and technical expertise to the educational environment.
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