Success in the Program Leads to Jobs After High School
The Ready to Work program increased student engagement for the students participating in Cohort I. The students entered the program with an average GPA of 2.2 on a 4.0 grading scale. All of the students who completed the program graduated with the 2017 class and increased their GPA by 0.5 points. Second, participating in the RTW program increased the students’ attendance. 29 of the 31 students were placed on the truancy list for the 2015-2016 school year. Because of the simulated workplace environment for the RTW program where students had to clock in and out of the class and students could not miss more than two days because of the possible employment requirements, the attendance rate for the students in the RTW program was 96% for the 2016-2017 school year. Third, the RTW program had a positive effect on student discipline. The students entering Cohort I had a variety of behavior issues in their previous K-12 school history with an average infraction history of 11 referrals between grades 5 and 11. Five students had 23 or more discipline referrals. These same students averaged 0.8 discipline referrals after entering the RTW program for the 2016-2017 school year.
Before entering the program, 35% (10) of the student received special education services. Also, none of the students had received a successful college or career indicator as specified by Alabama standards. As a direct result of the CHS Ready to Work program, 81% (25) of the students passed the WorkKeys Assessment. 91% (28) of the students passed the Reading for Information Section of the WorkKeys.
Finally, the overall focus of the program was to successfully find employment opportunities for students in a career field. 20% (7) of the students received job offers before graduation. Another 53% (13) received job offers upon graduation. The remaining 27% received jobs in other fields.