In-School Youth Program
In the 2009-2010 school year, the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board launched a region-wide initiative, called Destination Graduation, focused on increasing graduation rates in Southwest Florida. The program is designed to provide Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services, such as mentoring, academic enrichment, work readiness and other workforce development services to high school students who, for various reasons, are unmotivated and/or unsuccessful and are identified as at-risk based on criteria such as economically disadvantaged, basic skills deficient, chronic absenteeism, juvenile justice issues, and/or foster care. The desired end result is to keep students in school and increase the high school graduation rate. A trained Workforce Board staff mentor is based at LaBelle High School, where they are able to assist their students achieve academic goals and discover an interest in many career fields to include science, technology, engineering, and math.
· This Southwest Florida program is unique in the state of Florida and is expanding to more and more schools every year.
· Currently the program is at an overall 94% graduation rate.
· Of the graduates this year, 48% are attending college, 6% are starting technical training, 3% are joining the military, and 43% are working full-time.
· Destination Graduation has grown from two schools in one county to fifteen schools in five counties serving 375 students.
Young people are the fabric of this country’s progress and future economy and the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board is focused on providing youth with the work readiness skills and preparation they’ll need to compete in the local and global job market.
To apply for the Destination Graduation Program please click on the attachmentFor more information, contact Thais Kuoman at 239-225-2500, ext. 5232, Flora Mingo at (863)674-4120, ext. 507
current news!The Destination Graduation Program Labelle High School News:May 1, 2015 8:00am , LBHDG Program will be sponsoring a recruitment workshop for all Labelle High Seniors who are interested in employment with US Sugar. The workshop will be conducted by US Sugar ,Humane Resource Department Mr. Matthew Kindermann.22 of the 25 Labelle High School Destination Graduation Students will be employed this summer with local business, City of Labelle and Hendry County.All of the 2015 Seniors enrolled in the LBH Destination Graduation are on schedule to graduate.May 15 , 2015 Destination Graduation students from Labelle High School , Moore Haven High School and Clewiston High School will traveling to Lion County Safari and the Wellington Theater in Loxahatchee, Florida. This will be an educational informative opportunity to explore careers in the area of Zoology. Students will attend a workshop,a luncheon, Safari tour and a Movie.