Q: What is Project Connect?
A: An Alternative Education/Dropout Recovery program designed to assist students ages 16 to 19 who have not experienced success in a traditional school setting.
Q: How does Project Connect work?
A: The school week includes 15 hours of academic instruction and 15 hours of occupational training. Students attend school from 8:25 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The program operates on an open entry/open exit basis from August through May. The expected duration of participation is one to three years or until the student earns enough credits to graduate. Project Connect is an opportunity to earn a high school diploma in a supportive environment while receiving technical training necessary for employment.
Q: What's in it for students?
A: Project Connect provides a low student/teacher ratio in a technology-oriented atmosphere. Assessment includes academic achievement, aptitude, interests and learning style. The end result is a program tailored to specific student needs.
Q: Can I actually earn credit that will help me get a high school diploma?
A: Yes, Project Connect offers required high school credit in the basic areas of English, history, math and science. Elective credits are offered in all of the school's technical training areas "FROM A-W" (i.e. from Auto Collision to Welding). Close contact with each sending school ensures that graduation requirements are met to each school's specifications.
Q: Where is Project Connect?
A: Project Connect is housed at Canadian Valley Technology Center's El Reno campus. Students from eight area high schools are eligible to enroll.
Q: What does it cost?
A: There is no cost to the student, parent(s) or guardian(s) provided the student is/has been enrolled at one of the high schools served by Canadian Valley Technology Center. Sending schools agree to pay for their students to attend Project Connect.
Q: Who is eligible?
A: Students ages 16 to 19 who are considering leaving school; students who have dropped out of school; students who have been identified as potential drop-outs.
Q: Must I be referred?
A: Yes. All potential Project Connect students must be referred to Project Connect by their sending school counselor or principal AND be accepted by the Project Connect staff before being placed in the program. Project Connect accepts new students at the beginning of each 9 weeks.
Q: What if drugs have been a problem?
A: ALL Project Connect students are expected to be drug free and are at all times subject to drug testing if behaviors observed indicate possible drug use. Canadian Valley is committed to providing a drug-free campus for all students. New students entering Project Connect are required to pass a drug screening. Any student who tests positive will be given a reasonable length of time to test drug free. The student will be tested periodically to reinforce his/her decision to remain drug free.
Q: What's in it for parents?
A: An opportunity to see their child succeed and earn a high school diploma and become a productive and educated adult. Parents are expected to attend evening parent meetings and parent conferences as scheduled.
Q: Is transportation provided?
A: Yes. Students may ride the bus from their sending school to Project Connect at no cost.
Q: Is instruction really individualized?
A: Yes, each student is on his/her own individual plan of study. Students are encouraged to work diligently to complete at least two (2) semesters of work (two contracts) per nine weeks. Most students must work very hard to do this; therefore, students are expected to work quietly and steadily and utilize their time wisely. Students are not allowed to just "hang out" and waste time in Project Connect.
Q: I'm interested -- how do I get started?
A: Call your high school counselor or principal and ask about getting your student into Canadian Valley's Project Connect program. ALL referrals must be submitted to Project Connect by a high school counselor.