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 Article of Interest - Ingham County

Bath program helps teens graduate
Students not able to finish school can earn credits at night
by Jessi De La Cruz, Lansing State Journal, September 16, 2002

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BATH - Bath High School will pilot a program this fall aimed at students who struggle to collect the last few credits needed to graduate.

The free program, primarily run through computer software, can teach students subjects from reading to math.

School officials hope the night program's flexibility will give drop-out and struggling students a chance to finish high school.

"We have students who have been unable, for one reason or another, to finish high school," said Anthony Habra, high school counselor and program coordinator. "We're offering this to make sure no students are left behind."

The program is scheduled to begin by mid-October with a 10-student maximum, Habra said. A certified teacher will be on hand during the class, which will be five days a week.

"(Students) come in and work as hard as they want when they are there," Habra said. "Because it's a computer program, it will pick up where they left off."

Students will take tests and must have an 80 percent proficiency to go onto the next level of learning, Habra said.

High school English teacher Sharon Murchie said it's vital for the school to offer education options besides the typical school schedule.

"Different kids learn in different ways," said Murchie, who likely will be one of the teachers who oversees the program. "For certain students, I think it's a necessary alternative."

Murchie said her role would be a facilitator. She also would encourage students to finish their high school education.

"There needs to be a personal contact so that they have a reason to be there other than the education," she said.

Although Bath students have priority in being accepted to the program, other students who are ages 19 and under and don't have a diploma can sign up, Habra said.

Seven of the 10 open slots for this fall already are filled.

The district is paying for the program, which is likely to cost $30,000 to run, including the computer software, Habra said.

Bath High School senior Michael Loepp can't wait for the night class to begin.

He said his anxiety and depression make it hard for him to concentrate in morning classes.

"They're trying to help me get through," Loepp said. "I'd probably be in a lot of trouble (without this program)."

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