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Grand Rapids trying to get high school dropouts back in the classroom

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)
Officials in Grand Rapids are trying to change some high school dropouts into high school graduates.

A new program launching this fall in Grand Rapids will try to help high school dropouts earn both their high school diplomas and some college credit.  The program is a joint effort of Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College. 

College president Steven Ender says they’re reaching out to 16 to 19 year olds who otherwise would have a hard time finding a future in Michigan’s economy.  

“Without a high school degree and some postsecondary credentials it’s going to be really difficult to sustain a financially sustainable lifestyle...for an individual and his or her family.”

Officials hope to enroll more than a hundred students in the program this fall.

Grand Rapids public schools has a dropout rate of 22 percent.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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