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Two-generation program graduates honored at Alta Vista June 7

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SARASOTA, June 8, 2017 – Sixteen adults from the Sarasota County School District 2GEN program at Alta Vista Elementary School were honored in an afternoon graduation ceremony at the school on June 7.

The 2GEN program provides parents of students an opportunity to learn job skills, improve their family’s standard of living and be a role model to their children regarding the importance of education in their lives. The program is a collaboration between the school district and the  Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The adult classes are presented by the Suncoast Technical College in the Alta Vista Adult Education Center.

The 2GEN program is open to parents of students attending Alta Vista, Emma E. Booker, Gocio and Tuttle elementary schools. The current group of graduates includes 15 mothers and one father. Five of the graduates are from the Certified Nursing Assistant Program; seven are from the Private Security Officer Program; two are from the Microsoft Office Specialist Program and two have completed the GED Program. 

Alta Vista Principal Barbara Shirley said of the program: “The 2GEN approach has transformed our thinking to include the entire family. We focus on connecting students and parents with educational opportunities that promote lifelong success.

“Our team at Alta Vista has created a community school environment. Every child in our school has a better chance of academic success because we are engaging the parents.”

Parents of students at Alta Vista, Emma E. Booker, Tuttle or Gocio Elementary Schools who are interested in enrolling in the adult program may contact Mary Tucker, parent education navigator, at 941-361-6400 x51524 or at mary.tucker@sarasotacountyschools.net

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