RTW Featured in Austin Can Academy Promotional Video

Austin Can Academy recently developed this marketing video to spread the word about its drop-out prevention program. This video features the ReadyToWork® PASS Program as a key feature that provides students with individualized programming that increases the graduation rate by helping students realize their post-secondary options.

RTW College Readiness Programming Receives Accolades

ReadyToWork® (RTW), a local provider of workforce readiness solutions has team members on each of the ten Texans Can campuses to provide college and career counseling assistance to prepare students for college, vocational training, workforce readiness or entry into the military. Texans Can Academies is a nonprofit charter high school organization serving mostly at-risk youths who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. The dedicated professionals of RTW take special pride – with a big dose of satisfaction – as Texans Can Academy students are transformed into well-prepared graduates.”

Read more at The Dallas Weekly.

94% of Students at Dropout Prevention High Schools Accepted to College

ReadyToWork® is credited with helping Texans Can students achieve college and career readiness success during the 2011-2012 school year through its ReadyToWork® Career Centers.

Read more at: www.texasinsider.org

Mentoring Antidote for Low Motivation

We often see students who seem to have access to all of the resources necessary to be successful but lack the motivation to actually be successful.  What factors contribute to their lack of motivation?  What role do educators play when they notice that students lack motivation?  In a recent article titled Youth Mentoring in Perspective, Jean E. Rhodes explores the role of mentoring and individualized attention as an antidote for low student motivation.

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School & Community Programs serve as alternative to “Pipeline to Prison”

Many U.S. school aged students are known for the occasional classroom disruptions: making jokes, passing love notes, picking on other students and sadly, even telling-off a teacher; one would be misinformed to believe otherwise. However, while these disruptions are considered “normal student behavior,” school officials see it differently and that difference is cause for police patrolling school grounds.

In 2010, there were 20,400 school age youths arrested which represents about 30 percent of all arrests that year. Based on the Texas Appleseed report, “Working to Shut Off the Pipeline to Prison” by Hilgers, King and Bryce, the problem with sending this many students through the juvenile justice system is the impact it has on the students long term. In fact, the report suggests that adult criminal behavior among young people often stems from school based youthful misbehavior that left youth in the juvenile justice system.

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Thinking About Attending a Technical School? Do Your Homework!

Commercials for technical schools appear on television every hour of every day.  As a result, many may catch themselves humming the quirky commercial jingles without intention.  If these technical schools have done something right, it’s advertising.  However, they seem to be leaving something out of their ‘too good to be true’ television offers.  The average high school student is looking for the easiest and fastest way to get to the top, an obvious target.  When one of these students comes into class and declares that they’ll be done with nursing school in nine months and it’s only going to cost them $15,000, there’s an obvious concern.

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Real Internships Antidote for Low Motivation

Anyone who is an educator has experienced first hand the frustration of students who are unmotivated and seemingly unwilling to learn. For most of us growing up, when we slacked we were quickly “reminded” of why we should care by guardians that kept us focused. But what happens when those guardians either are not there or are failing, for whatever reason, to enforce that “reminder.”

Henceforth, we have the dilemma that many inner-city educators face. It has been known for some time that the dropout rate in inner-city schools is a problem that leads to even more problems. “In general, one in 10 male dropouts are in jail or juvenile detention centers. But that rate dramatically increases for African-American males to one in four.” Emily Jenkins.  And even for those that do not end up behind bars, the odds of breaking the chains of generational poverty are stacked against them.

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Governor Perry’s $10K Degree

It’s no secret that the U.S .higher education system is dealing with annually rising tuition costs.  President Barak Obama addressed this issue in his State of the Union address in January 2012 by threatening universities and colleges to lower tuition.  While America waits to see when and if tuition rates will decline, Obama is accelerating a new law which will lower student loan payments to 10% of discretionary income for eligible borrowers (previous 15%).

However, many are still questioning if the lowering of student loan payments will solve the core issue.  University students nationwide are graduating with an average of $24,000 student loan debt and this number only seems to be climbing.

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Straighten Up, or It Could Cost You?

A recent article in USA Today addressed a charter school based out of Chicago urging students to be on their best behavior or pay a fee. The Noble Network of Charter Schools Superintendant Michael Milkie says, “students aren’t particular fans of the system, but improvement in testing scores shows this form of discipline does work.” This approach was put in place in an effort to cut cost of paying teachers over time to supervise detention. This is how it works—students earn demerits for violations ranging from shirts un-tucked to being late to class, once they accumulate a certain number of demerits, they are given detention and pay a $5 fee.

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Texas Career & Technology Programs Moving in the Right Direction

An increasing amount of parents are hearing the dreaded words, “College isn’t for me!” from their own high schools students.  Education Views reports that approximately 20% of Texas students are not ready for college work. Texas also holds a 7% high school dropout rate.  Perhaps college isn’t the best option for all students.  How can Texas help prepare these students at a younger age to leave high school trained and ready for the workforce?

While most high school students are studying hard to pass the TAKS test or the upcoming STAAR, they’re lacking the opportunity to gain job training before entering adulthood.  Some Texas schools offer co-op programs that allow students to leave school early to gain job experience.  However, there is great need for actual job training for interested high school students.

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