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AT-RISK YOUTH: WCCS discusses alternative learning program

March 14, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Since its inception, Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ Eagle Opportunity Program to Success has helped four students graduate, ensuring a better future for Whitley County’s at-risk youth.

The alternative education program rolled out last fall for middle and high school students, helping them earn a combined 27 credits so far this year, and advancing in their academic careers.

Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff said many of the students involved in the Eagle Opportunity program struggle in the normal classroom setting, and many are on the verge of dropping out of school or expulsion.

“I feel this is a very beneficial program,” Reiff said. “The kids realize we haven’t given up on them — we haven’t kicked them to the curb.”

Eagle Opportunity provides more one-on-one interaction with teachers, school counselors and parents to encourage students to earn their diplomas.

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