OPI Announces 46 “Graduation Matters” Grants
HELENA, Mont.-- Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced today that 46 communities will share $200,000 in Graduation Matters Montana Challenge Fund grants to continue the work of ensuring more students graduate prepared for college, careers or the military.
The grants provide the building blocks for Graduation Matters Montana communities by supporting things like middle-to-high-school transition programs, peer mentoring programs, job shadow opportunities, and college readiness programs.
Here's how local schools plan to use their grants:
Graduation Matters Browning will be promoting tribal community colleges and more-focused campus visits so that students are not only graduating, they are graduating with a plan. Their team plans to use the Early Warning System in conjunction with a middle to high school bridge program to ensure the proper interventions are in place and student engagement is improved. Graduation Matters Browning will continue their efforts to bring in parents and the community as stakeholders.
Graduation Matters Cut Bank will continue to build community support for their efforts through a mentoring program. Their team will also match seniors and kindergarteners in school events to build the importance of attendance, graduation and student engagement.
Aiming for a 90 percent graduation rate this year, Graduation Matters Heart Butte will focus their efforts on increasing credit recovery opportunities. They will also implement a mentoring program that matches upper and lower classmen. Heart Butte will foster strong community support of the students and their goals by pairing them with positive role models in the community who will encourage them to attend school and graduate. Heart Butte will also host a number of community events.