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  • Pima Vocational High School to award diplomas to 25 at Dec. 13 ceremony

    Dec 05, 2018 | Read More News
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    Pima Vocational High School will award 25 students their high school diplomas at a Dec. 13 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. 

    One of those graduates is 18-year-old Courtney Hausmann, whose severe anxiety and depression forced her to leave her previous high school. At PVHS, she blossomed with smaller class sizes and teachers who helped her better understand her personality type and make a career choice based on that information. That made the difference for Hausmann.
    PVHS graduates
    “This school’s great,” Hausmann said. “I’ve grown so much. I used to be shy and quiet and now I’m a social butterfly!”

    Fellow student Arianna Fusci, 18, was doing poorly at her previous school. When a cousin recommended Pima Vocational, she and her mom toured the facility and were impressed. Like Hausmann, Fusci responded well with PVHS’s smaller class sizes and caring teachers.

    “Everyone gets along really well,” said Fusci, who plans to enroll at Pima Community College and pursue a career in medicine or firefighting. “We’re like a family.”

    Jesus Medina, 17, is convinced he would have dropped out of his previous school given his frustration dealing with dyslexia and not getting the help he needed. When his sister recommended PVHS, he enrolled.
    Just six months later, he’s completed all his requirements is ready for whatever the future holds. 
“The teachers are very patient here,” Medina said. “They’re very welcoming. It’s a great school.”

    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 25 students graduating Dec. 13, two are parenting, three are homeless and 15 are working while attending school. Each student 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 1,800 hours taking vocational courses, have put in 1,255 hours in workplace internships throughout the city of Tucson and Pima County and have logged more than 2,300 hours working outside jobs while taking classes. Five of the students have registered at Pima Community College and one has enlisted in the Marines.

    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.