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  • Pima Vocational High School to graduate 26 at Dec. 15 ceremony

    Dec 07, 2016 | Read More News
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    Pima Vocational High School will graduate 26 students at a Dec. 15 ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. at Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Ave.

    PVHS serves young people who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of traditional high school. For many of the students, Pima Vocational has been their third or fourth school. 

    PVHS graduatePVHS is a program of the Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training Department. The students, who must meet all of the Arizona Essential Skills requirements to graduate, take courses on resume writing and career skills and can earn paid job placements and internships. In addition, students meet weekly with an advisor and attend classes with 15 or fewer students.

    A new session of classes begins Jan. 9, 2017. New students must attend a two-day orientation on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 5-6, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the school’s southside location, 175 W. Irvington.

    PVHS, a public charter high school for out-of-school youth, is accredited by AdvancED. Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Of the 26 students graduating Dec. 15, four are parenting, eight are homeless and four are court-involved. Each graduate will speak at the ceremony before giving flowers to a family member or friend who inspired them on their journey toward a diploma. 

    The graduates have spent nearly 1,800 hours taking vocational courses. Of the 26 seniors who are graduating, 15 have been placed in workplace mentorship opportunities throughout the city of Tucson and Pima County.

    PVHS offers classes at two campuses: 175 W. Irvington and 5025 W. Ina Road in northwest Tucson.


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