SARASOTA, Dec. 9, 2016 – Alta Vista
Elementary School and Suncoast Technical College will honor 15 adult graduates
of the schools’ Two-Generational Program in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday,
Dec. 13, at Alta Vista.
program offers multiple programs in the Alta Vista Adult Education Center,
thanks to an expansion of the elementary school’s partnership with STC. It is
open to parents of students attending one of four of the school district’s Title
1 elementary schools: Alta Vista, Emma E. Booker, Gocio and Tuttle. Title I is
a federal designation indicating that a high percentage of students at a school
are from financially challenged families.
The current group of graduates includes 12
mothers and three fathers of students. This
fall the program, which began offering classes in Certified Nursing Assistant
in 2013, added a GED diploma (high-school diploma equivalent), an English for
Speakers of Other Languages certificate and a Microsoft Office Specialist
certificate. Eight of the 15 adult students (all are moms) are graduating with
a CNA certificate, four are earning a GED, two are certified Microsoft Office
Specialists and one is moving up from the ESOL program to the GED program.
establishment in 2013 of the Eagle Academy, Alta Vista became the first school
in the Sarasota County School District to adopt an innovative and comprehensive
model of approaching education, shifting from a student-focused to a
two-generation focus. The new model was the result of a collaboration of partners
including Suncoast Technical College, the Community Foundation of Sarasota
County and individual donors. In the three years since the program was
established, 74 adult students have graduated.
programs provide opportunities and meet the needs of vulnerable parents and
children together. While they were already adept at meeting the needs of
children at the school, the school’s adult education program focuses on
enriching the lives of parents.
are very proud of this program and we’re looking forward to offering more
classes this spring to help parents,” said Alta Vista Principal Barbara
Shirley. “The two-generation approach has transformed our thinking to include
the entire family, connecting students and parents with educational
opportunities that promote lifelong success.
child in our school has a better chance of academic success because we engage
parents. They’re involved in their child’s learning, but also their own
learning. We focus on strengthening life and parenting skills while also
fostering career and vocational training. The impact of the two-generation
approach has been so much more than we ever dreamed.”
who would like more information about the Two-Generational Program at Alta
Vista Elementary may contact Principal Barbara Shirley at 941-361-6400. Parents
of students at Alta Vista, Emma E. Booker, Gocio or Tuttle elementary schools who are
interested in enrolling in the adult program may contact Mary Tucker, parent
education navigator, at 941-361-6400, ext. 51524, or at
Vista Elementary School is located at 1050 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota.