The goal of Workforce Academy is to recover, retain, serve, and graduate high risk out-of school high school age youth using current facilities, particularly at off-peak hours. In an increasingly demanding job market, non-high school graduates are more and more limited and their ability to contribute to a prosperous future for us all is correspondingly constrained. Workforce Academy will have as its charge reaching out to at risk and out-of-school youth between the ages of 14 and 19 and offering them opportunities to continue to move towards a learning-enabled, technologically literate future.
There are a number of significant groups represented among those at-risk and/or out-of-school. Many of those who would clearly benefit from the Workforce Academy effort fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Out-of-school single mothers. Kern County has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in California.
- Those who have dropped out for economic reasons, particularly those who are working illegally prior to their eighteenth birthday. High poverty and unemployment rates in the Kern High School District service area place economic strains on families which may result in students leaving school.
- English Language Learners (ELL) students are clearly included in each of the above groups. Workforce will make special efforts to ensure that the needs of those students are addressed in its retention and recovery efforts
- A large number of families in our attendance area have chosen to home school their children; a significant number of these parents often lack the academic expertise necessary to teach high school subject matter.