New Education Programs Help At-risk Students Stay in School
June 25, 2008
Edmonton… Five new outreach programs, launching in September, will give more Alberta youth the opportunity to stay in school. The new programs will be offered in Spruce Grove, the Kikino Métis Settlement, Brooks, Picture Butte and Fort McLeod, bringing the total number of outreach programs operating in the province to 130.“Not every student excels in the traditional learning environment. Outreach programs provide options for kids who otherwise may not stay in school or get a high school diploma,” said Dave Hancock, Minister of Education. “It’s this kind of innovative thinking by schools and boards that is giving every student the opportunity to succeed.”
Outreach programs help junior and senior high school students who may struggle in a traditional classroom setting to finish their education in an environment tailored to their individual needs. Typically, those attending outreach programs include working students, teen parents and other students at risk of dropping out of school.
Each outreach program provides additional supports and services that encourage and help facilitate high school completion. These programs may include anger management training, study skills and work experience. Many outreach programs are linked to community and social agencies to ensure students have access to the services that these agencies offer.
This year, the Alberta government is providing school boards more than $7 million for outreach programs.
More information about outreach programs can be found at www.education.alberta.ca by clicking on ‘Parents’ and ‘School Choice’.
Attachment: Information on new outreach programs
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