Model Program

Kanawha County Schools

200 Elizabeth St
Charleston, WV 25311

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Contact Information:
Mr. Mark E. Milam
Assistant Superintendent
304.347.7483
memilam@kcs.kana.k12.wv.us

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Career Plus makes it possible for students to attend the Career Technical Center all day. Students are transported from their home high school to the CTE Centers where they take their academics one-half the day and enroll into a Technical Program the other half of the day. Lunch is provided and transportation is provided at the end of the day back to their home high school. Students may still participate in extra-curricular activities as well. Credit Recovery on line is provided as well as Read 180, Contracted Classes, and Key Train (an online program for Technical Courses to help improve Reading and Math skills). The program targets over-age ninth graders and other grade levels where the students are behind in credits for graduation.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Career Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery, Students with Disabilities, Virtual Learning

Strategies for Locating Students:
Unspecified

Starting Date: 2003
Students Served Per Year: less than 50
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • School size: too small/too large
  • School math achievement
  • Student engagement

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies

Creativity

  • Flexibility

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

Teachers
Counselors
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

The Career Plus Program has saved approximately 150 students from dropping out of school over the last 5 years. Students have received their high school diploma as completed a Career-Technical course as well.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level