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  • Pima Vocational High School graduates 31

    Dec 14, 2015 | Read More News
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    Cheers and tears will be flowing freely this Thursday, Dec. 17, when 31 students stride across the stage to accept their diplomas from Pima Vocational High School. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada.

    PVHS graduationPVHS serves young people who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of traditional high school. For many of the students, Pima Vocational has been their third or fourth school. 

    Pima Vocational High School is a program of the Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training Department. The students, who must meet all of the Arizona Essential Skills requirements to graduate, take courses on resume writing and career skills and can earn paid job placements and internships. In addition, students meet weekly with an advisor and attend classes with 15 or fewer students.

    Of the 31 students graduating Thursday night, 96 percent are low income, three are parenting, 16 are homeless and six are court-involved. Each graduate will speak at the ceremony before giving flowers to a family member or friend who inspired them. 

    The school prepares students for the workforce. Combined, this class has completed 1,664 hours of vocational training, 3,168 hours of vocational internships and 2,400 hours of work experience in part-time jobs.

    PVHS offers classes at two campuses: 97 E. Congress St., Suite 30, downtown; and at 5025 W. Ina Road in northwest Tucson.