NORCROSS, Ga., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Montgomery Job Corps, along with partner school James Madison High School, honored 89 high school graduates during its summer commencement this past weekend. The ceremony was held at Sydney Lanier High School in Montgomery on Friday, July 29, 2011.
Joined by family, friends and school and Job Corps administration, graduates were recognized individually as they crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. The ceremony was officiated by Mr. Frank Coiro, Center Director.
During the ceremony, Shanice Jenkins of Selma, AL, and Diamond Richburg of Biloxi, MS, were awarded scholarships to Ashworth College (http://www.ashworthcollege.edu), James Madison High School's parent company, so that they can continue their education by earning Associate Degrees.
"We're proud of the accomplishments of all of our graduates. We're also very excited that Shanice and Diamond were selected to receive scholarships," said Ms. Glenco Howard, Montgomery Job Corps High School Diploma Instructor. "Shanice and Diamond came to the Montgomery Job Corps Center to pursue their high school diplomas and to receive career training in order to work as medical assistants. Both graduated with GPAs over 3.5."
The Alabama Montgomery Job Corps affiliate and its national parent organization assist local youth, ages 16 through 24, to improve their quality of life through vocational and academic training. In combination with hands on career training, participating students completed core classes to fulfill their graduation requirements.
James Madison High School has partnered with Job Corps since January 2010 as a preferred provider of high school curricula for the program. Both JMHS and Ashworth College are leaders in distance education, offering a wide range of flexible career-focused diploma and degree programs.
"Ashworth's high school diploma programs have been developed to specifically address the needs of working adults and non-traditional high school students, making us a natural fit for the Alabama Montgomery Job Corps program," said Dr. Leslie Gargiulo, Vice President of Education for both Ashworth College and James Madison High School.
"We're excited to be working with the Montgomery Job Corps Center and to be a part of this special event," she added. "By helping these students earn a high school diploma, together we're giving them significant career advantages, compared to not having a diploma or a GED."
About Job Corps
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age, Job Corps provides all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
About Ashworth College and James Madison High School
As a leading online school, Ashworth College has built a tradition of excellence spanning 25 years, offering students worldwide more than 115 online college degrees, online certificate programs and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth offers military education as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.
Headquartered in Norcross, GA, Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. James Madison High School is further accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). SACS CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancED. For more information, visit http://www.ashworthcollege.edu.
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