Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Public School Students Striving for Occupational Mobility through Voluntary College Preparation Program

Gauer, James
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It is clear to many families that education and career success in life go hand-in-hand, like cause and effect, and one college preparatory program may play a critical role in this relationship. This work identifies and explores intermediate school participants’ responses and reactions towards a college-preparatory program, named Advancement via Individual Determination, on their campus. The program presents all students opportunities to excel academically and plan how they want to “climb up” their careers in a complex world. Readers will explore subjective observations, promotional materials, and peer testimonies of my experience as a weekly tutor for the program at Washington Middle School, located in Honolulu, Hawai’i from October to December of 2015. These findings can be further utilized to evaluate the program’s effectiveness. Characteristics of student population represent ethnic minorities and socioeconomically underserved, a product of recent migrations to Hawaii from surrounding Pacific countries. The significance of people moving raises questions as who they are, what are they doing, and where are they going, which is partly answered by state-funded public institutions assigned to guide children and their families in becoming responsible American citizens, and fulfilling the general learner outcomes. Outreach and communication between the parties is essential to overcoming gender, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers to education.
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