Typically, we have the honor of recognizing the graduating students in our education programs with a graduation ceremony. But just because we cannot be with our students this year doesn’t mean we cannot be there for them.
Our education programs are designed to help non-traditional and low-income students overcome barriers to their educational goals. Many are single-parents, first-generation students, or working multiple jobs. These barriers have only increased with the COVID-19 crisis. From struggles with distance learning to income loss to lack of technology access, it has not been easy for the class of 2020
But they have persisted. In fact, we are proud to share that our expected graduation rates have not been impacted by this pandemic.
Gabriela Patiño Gomez
Codi Ann Wood
Elizabeth Altmirano Mejias
Sydney Cavazos Britton
Michelle Van Lew
Participants in both Stay the Course® and Rural Vocation are paired with a Navigator who provides them what we call “supercharged” case management: holistic, wrap-around services that launch from a place of believing in our students’ capability to reach their goals.
Watch the video below to hear our Navigators share their messages of congratulations to these students. And then keep reading to see how you can show your support too!
Be a Graduate Advocate:
• Follow the #advocatesforgraduates and like, comment, and share our posts highlighting these programs and our students!
• Spread the word about these programs and our students through your own social media channels. Feel free to include words of encouragement for us to share with our students. Be sure to tag us and use the #advocatesforgraduates, so we can share these messages with our grads.
• Donate to support poverty-ending services like our education programs! You can give by texting “grad” to 243725 or here.