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  • Pima Vocational High School to award diplomas to 27 at Dec. 14 ceremony

    Dec 05, 2017 | Read More News
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    Pima Vocational High School will award 27 students their high school diplomas at a Dec. 14 ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. at Hotel Tucson City Center, 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. 
    PVHS graduation
    PVHS 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 27 students graduating Dec. 14, five are parenting and six are homeless, but nearly all have overcome significant challenges on their way to graduation. 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 2,300 hours taking vocational courses, have put in 1,554 hours in workplace internships throughout the city of Tucson and Pima County and have logged more than 2,600 hours working outside jobs while taking classes.

    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.

    PVHS offers classes at two campuses: 175 W. Irvington Road and 5025 W. Ina Road in northwest Tucson. Learn more by visiting the Pima Vocational High School website or calling 520-724-9740.