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SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVES 5-YEAR, $236,000 ANNUAL U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GRANT
PHILADELPHIA – Today the School District of Philadelphia announced its Educational Options Program (EOP) has been awarded a $236,000 Counseling and Access for Postsecondary Success (CAPS) Initiative grant annually for five years from the U.S. Department of Education. EOP allows students and adults age 17 and older to earn credits toward a high school diploma.
The grant will allow the program to offer students free assistance in planning postsecondary education and careers, including help in choosing a college, university or training program; registering for classes; selecting a career or area of study; applying to college and financial aid programs; and preparing for placement tests. The grant will also provide for both a full- and part-time CAPS counselor at each EOP site and a supervisor to oversee grant implementation.
“So often we focus on getting students to graduate, but we also need to help them think about what happens afterward, whether it be further schooling or a career,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “This grant will allow the District to continue to assist students who have taken time away from school to plan for their future in a meaningful way.”
The announcement was made at South Philadelphia High School, where Audrey Nock serves as EOP Site Director. The program is also available at Benjamin Franklin High School, PLA North at Hunting Park, and PLA South at Westminster.
“EOP serves students of all backgrounds and ages, from young adults to those in their sixties,” said Nock. “No matter the reason they originally dropped out of school, our students are motivated and want to continue to learn. We are proud to receive a grant to help these inspiring students reach their goals.”
Under the grant, participating students will also be required to enroll in a CAPS Initiative Advisory course for one trimester. The course will utilize Naviance College & Career Readiness curriculum to prepare students for postsecondary success, and will be a graduation requirement and credit-bearing elective course for all EOP students.
Also attending the event included Christina Grant, Assistant Superintendent of the Opportunity Network, The School District of Philadelphia, and representatives from partner organizations, including the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Adult Education; the Community College of Philadelphia; Temple University; PNC Bank; PhillyGoes2College; and Philadelphia Vet Center.
Enrollment for the school year’s second EOP session will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 14 at the District’s four EOP sites. Interested students should bring copies of the following documents to enroll: birth certificate, Social Security card, identification, proof of residency, transcript or last report card, and immunization records. The session runs from January 4 through March 16, 2017.