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Three Grandview schools earn state accolades for career education programs

GRANDVIEW – Representatives from Grandview High School, Grandview Middle School and Compass High School will be presented with Career Guidance Awards of Excellence tomorrow (Wednesday).

Washington State Superintendent of Public Schools Randy Dorn will be presenting the awards in Renton.

The three schools in Grandview are among 23 schools statewide to receive the recognition.

The award is being presented to schools that have implemented college and career readiness programs that are proven to be successful. Data from the BERC Navigation 101 Evaluation, Washington State Board of Education Achievement Index, graduation rates, college ready transcripts, gatekeeper courses and rigor, as well as several other tools used to measure student success is collected to determine the success of the school’s college and career readiness programs.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Schools (OSPI) said most of the schools receiving the award this year are part of ongoing efforts through a grant from College Spark WA for the College Readiness Initiative.

“Using system-wide approach, educators have gotten results for students in these award-winning schools,” said Dorn.

The three schools in Grandview, as well as Toppenish high and middle schools are the only schools from the ESD105 area to receive the Career Guidance Award of Excellence.

Grandview Superintendent of Schools Kevin Chase said, “This honor is due to hard work and vision by building staff members at all three buildings.”

He said, “I am proud of the dedication our staff puts in to the effort to help our students be prepared for life beyond high school and College and Career Readiness.”

Chase is grateful to the College Sparks Foundation for providing resources that make a difference in the lives of students in Grandview.

Because the data collected is the direct result of providing students with an advisory program, beginning at the middle school, principals are proud of the accomplishments at Grandview and Compass high schools, as well as Grandview Middle School.

GMS Principal Paul Voorhees said, “The Pup Connection advisory program provides every Grandview Middle School student with an advisor with whom the student meets weekly.”

He said the program builds positive relationships between the students and staff.

“Many of the advisory lessons are about future planning for success in high school and even on to college and career,” said Voorhees.

GHS Principal Mike Closner, too, is proud of the achievements of students who are able to, in the high school’s GEMS advisory program, plan for their futures. The students are able to work with advisors, developing a better understanding of how to meet their goals.

Planning the path for their future may involve taking advanced placement, College in the Classroom and/or AVID classes.

All those programs, said Closner, “…continue to grow and prepare our students.”

He said, “Forty-five percent of our students continue their education after Grandview High School…85 percent of those are staying enrolled, working towards a college degree.”

Closner said, “I am proud of the hard work of our students and the staff that are supporting them as they transition to college.”

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