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  • Pima Vocational High School graduates 29

    Jun 02, 2016 | Read More News
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    PVHS Graduation 2015Pima Vocational High School will graduate 29 students at a June 9 ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. at Hotel Tucson Inn Suites, 475 N. Granada Ave.

    PVHS 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.

    PVHS, a public charter high school for out-of-school youth, is accredited by AdvancED. Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Of the 29 students graduating Thursday night, all are low-income, eight are parenting, 10 are homeless and 14 are court-involved. Each graduate will speak at the ceremony before giving flowers to a family member or friend who inspired them on their journey toward a diploma. 

    The graduates have spent more than 1,700 hours taking vocational courses and amassed more than 4,500 hours of work experience with mentors ranging from Pima County and the City of Tucson to Gap Ministries and Food City.

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

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