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Focusing on the future, CMSD students pledge their commitment to graduate


Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) ninth graders who attend Academies of Cleveland (AoC) schools recently pledged their commitment to graduate in a ceremony held at each of the five AoC schools.

AoC is a new approach to college and career readiness for students attending these CMSD high schools: Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Max S. Hayes, and Washington Park Environmental Studies.

It is one component of Pathways Partners, an initiative of the Greater Cleveland Partnership that connects the business community with education providers and students in developing Cleveland’s future workforce.

The ninth-graders committed to graduating from AoC career-technical schools and to pursue their chosen career pathways in the work force or go to college. For many CMSD students, ninth grade is a critical year, and its outcome can determine if they persevere and receive diplomas.

The students, who received commitment-to-graduate certificates, also heard from their teachers and administrators who pledged to help them every step of the way and from graduates who attended their schools and pursued postsecondary education and/or careers.

They will spend the year concentrating on academics and later will choose one of the school’s career pathways. Each school focuses on career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in our community.

The AoC schools work to ensure that young people are prepared to learn for a lifetime, thrive in tomorrow’s dynamic workplaces, and contribute to Cleveland’s economic prosperity and civic advancement.

Above photo: Students at Max S.Hayes High School participated in their school’s commitment-to-graduate ceremony.