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  • Pima Vocational High School graduates 30 students

    Dec 19, 2014 | Read More News
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    PVHS graduationCheers erupted and tears flowed freely as 30 young people in caps and gowns picked up their hard-earned diplomas from Pima Vocational High School at a Dec. 18 ceremony at Hotel Tucson Inn Suites.

    More than 400 family members and friends celebrated with the graduates of the Pima County charter school, which opened 14 years ago to serve young people who had dropped out or were at risk of dropping out of traditional high school. For many of the students, PVHS was their third or fourth high school. 

    PVHS 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.

    Since the start of school on July 24, 150 students have enrolled at PVHS. Of that number, 27 are parenting,139 are low income, 50 are homeless and 30 are court- involved.

    Each graduate spoke at the ceremony before giving flowers to a family member or friend who inspired them. One graduate who became a father while attending PVHS plans to enroll at Pima Community College for video game design. Another wants to become a labor and delivery nurse. A third was cheered on by the fellow skateboarders he said inspired him.

    Graduate Anita Johnson singled out her mother for praise, calling her “the woman I want to become,” before telling the cheering crowd: “I have a secret: You ain’t seen nothing yet.” Fellow graduate Sierra Romero, like most of the students, thanked the teachers at PVHS. “You are the life jacket that saved me from drowning in a sea of disappointment.”

    PVHS offers classes at two campuses: 97 E. Congress St., Suite 30, downtown; and at 5025 W. Ina Road in northwest Tucson.

    For more photos, visit the county's Flickr page
    PVHS graduation