GRANT: United Way and The Center Aim to Get Students Back on Track to Graduate

Centerpoint | March 2018 | Danielle Gross, Business Administration Coordinator and JR McMichael, IT Coordinator

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BOT participants pose with the gift cards they received at the recognition event


The UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (The Center) received funding for a grant proposal aimed to address credit deficiency, improve college preparedness and increase graduation at Western High School. Funded by the United Way of Southern Nevada, the $100,000 Back On Track (BOT) project assists 150 10th-12th grade students, who have a GPA lower than 2.0 and/or who are credit deficient to get back on track to graduate from high school. Key outcomes of the project include the following:

  • 80% of participants will complete the credit recovery courses with a C or higher;
  • 70% of the participants will reduce the number of courses they are credit deficient;
  • 75% of participants will be on track to graduate by the end of the 2017-18 school year (HS completion); and
  • 90% of participants will be exposed to college, vocational or apprenticeship school.

The project began servicing students during the fall 2017 semester. On December 5, 2017, BOT held its first student recognition event to acknowledge the 88 participants who had completed at least one-half credit course, in which they were deficient. Some students had already completed three one-half credit courses in only the fall semester. For every half-credit course a participant completes, he or she receives a Walmart gift card. In addition to the recognition events, BOT program participants receive credit recovery in-class tutoring, career advising and college/vocational school tours.

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