Last week, I had an opportunity to update our students, parents, employees, community members and other stakeholders on all the great things happening in Richland One during my annual State of the District Address. Thank you to everyone who turned out the evening of February 9 at W.A. Perry Middle School to join us in celebrating our successes.
During my remarks, I highlighted some of our many Points of Pride, including an increase in our graduation rate (up 13.9% since 2010) and a decrease in our dropout rate (50% decrease between 2009 and 2013), along with more than $61 million in scholarships and other financial aid earned by the Class of 2016.
The State of the District Address also provided me with a chance to talk about the many choices we offer our students in Richland One. If you want STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), we’ve got it. If you want rigor in terms of International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, we’ve got it. If you want college credit while still in high school, we’ve got it. If you want Montessori education, we’ve got it. If you want Chinese, French, Spanish, German or Latin, we’ve got it.
This week (February 15), we joined with officials from Cummins, Inc. in kicking off a partnership to establish the company’s first-ever Youth Technician Apprenticeship Program (the pictures above are from the ribbon-cutting ceremony). Through the program, students at Heyward Career and Technology Center will receive classroom instruction and hands-on training for high-paying jobs in the diesel industry. The partnership with Cummins (a global manufacturer, distributor and service provider of diesel and natural gas engines) will provide yet another choice and even more competitive advantages for our students.
In Richland One, we’ve got it!
(Note: The State of the District Address is airing on Richland One TV (Time Warner Cable channel 12) and it can be viewed via ROTV On Demand at www.richlandone.org.)