TranZed Academy for Working Students program for high school seniors launched in Montgomery County Public Schools
BALTIMORE—TranZed Alliance launched TAWS, TranZed Academy for Working Students, designed for working seniors who attend Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Eligible students must be on track to graduate in June 2019 and be currently employed. This initiative begins in fall 2018 and enables students to adjust their academic schedule with flexibility to fit around their work obligations while staying on the path to graduation plus an option to take college-level classes through Montgomery College.
The program provides TAWS students with mentorships from career coaches as well as post-graduation planning to help students plan careers, enter apprenticeships or college programs. TAWS works to build connections with area employers, helping to identify the specific skills and experience businesses need. Individual Career Plans will keep students on track, boosting graduation and post-graduation success rates.
“There are students we know who thrive in the work environment but have trouble balancing work and school. TAWS puts the student’s work schedule first and builds their school schedule around their work. This helps give the students the balance they need for their senior year before they go into a career or to college,” said Andrew L. Ross, president, and CEO of the TranZed Alliance.
TAWS was created in partnership with MCPS, TranZed Apprenticeship Services, Montgomery College and Connections Learning, an online education provider.
“One thing that is needed in our high schools are alternative pathways for special interest groups. One special interest group are students who want to gain their high school diploma but also want to have a work experience in the real world. The Academy for Working Students provides exactly that type of opportunity,” says Norm Augustine, former CEO for Lockheed Martin, undersecretary of the Army and TAWS Advisory Board member.
TAWS works with schools by managing schedules, attendance, grades and transcripts and streamlining the relationship between the school, student, and employer.
“TAWS is an important and innovative opportunity for our high school seniors to access real-world workforce experience while continuing on the path to graduation,” said MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith.
TranZed Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and is dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of TranZed Alliance include The Children’s Guild, Monarch Academy Public Charter Schools, TranZed Academy for Working Students, TranZed Apprenticeships Services, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, TranZed Institute, the National At-Risk Education Network, the TranZed Alliance Conference Center and The National Children’s Guild Fund. (www.childrensguild.org)