September 2, 2011: "Scenes from Schools" is an occasional piece on the CCSA News Blog that offers a glimpse at the tremendous work taking place on charter school campuses across California. Today's "Scenes," was written by Ernie Silva, Director of External Affairs for SIATech.
California State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod joined SIATech Inland Empire students, staff, and families for the August 12th graduation.
Senator Negrete McLeod represents the SIATech site and students in the State Senate.
She gave a commencement speech honoring hard work and willingness of SIATech students to take a second chance at their high school diploma.
Perhaps her largest round of applause came when the Senator told the students that she too had left high school before graduating to give birth to the first of her ten children. The Senator later graduated and attended college.
In addition to passing out diplomas, Senator Negrete McLeod awarded each graduate a Senate Certificate of Recognition.
The San Bernardino site was the first of SIATech's many sites designed for students who want to get back on track to graduation. It has graduated nearly 900 students who reengaged in high school and earned meaningful job skills.
SIATech (pronounced SIGH-a-tek) is an award-winning network of charter schools focused on dropout recovery. SIATech is a WASC-accredited high school that operates in partnership with the federal Job Corps and Workforce Investment Act programs on eight campuses throughout California. The school serves 100% low-income and previously out-of-school youth. SIATech excels at identifying student strengths and individualizing instruction to meet each student's needs and goals. The school's safe and caring setting enables students to take charge of their learning and obtain the tools they need for lifetime success, whether it is at their chosen career or further education. For more information on SIATech, watch this short video or visit the SIATech website.