Announcing – Marketplace Mentoring

Did you know that there are approximately 3 million jobs that are going unfilled in America today?  The most vocal and perhaps recognizable voice in the discussion is Mike Rowe (1) who recently testified to Congress regarding the “skills gap” in our education system. Mike highlights the fact that “too many” people are going to college and not enough are learning the trades that keep our roads paved, the lights on, and the water flowing.  There has been a growing perception among our youth that trade jobs are demeaning, low paying, and a dead end.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.   Here is a clip from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that is well worth a watch.

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Mentoring = Academic Results

In looking at our LHS students with mentors, we found that 72% of them performed well academically or showed significant gains this past semester.  Lisa Reynolds, our coordinator, reported that “several students have continued earning good grades, and others brought up grades significantly from failing mid-term marks.” Two students brought their GPA’s up a full point and many students  crossed the 3.0 threshold. Statistics show that mentoring helps students excel academically and we are certainly seeing that hold true!

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