New Beginnings program produces first graduate
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Jaime Rodriguez, left, principal of A.C. Jones High School, congratulates Eric Alvarado on completion of requirements of the New Beginnings program to receive his high school diploma.
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The New Beginnings program began operation on Sept. 29, 2009, from a new stimulus grant that offers recent dropout students a chance to attend alternately formatted classes under the authority of A.C. Jones High School.

The program requires recent dropouts to attend a minimum of 15 hours a week, but hours can be set between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Students attend classes at the Academy at Madderra facility and are assisted by the teachers from the Academic Recovery Program, which also has classes in that facility.

The program currently has 15 students enrolled and is being managed by Dee Dee Bernal, coordinator, and Katherine Boemer, intervention teacher. If you have questions or referrals for the program, contact the school at 362-6010.

Accordingly, the New Beginnings program would like to announce its first graduate, Eric Alvarado.

Eric, age 19, began the program on Nov. 2, 2009, and completed it on Jan. 19, 2010. He worked over 85 hours to complete the three and one-half credits he needed to qualify for graduation.

Eric has now passed all state requirements and is being awarded graduation privileges which authorize him to walk the stage with his fellow graduates this May. Since completing the program, Eric is pursuing training in welding and is planning a career in industrial arts.
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