Catapult Academy and College of Central Florida Partner for Class of 2016 College & Career Signing Day Celebration

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The event highlighted the schools’ ongoing partnership and shared commitment to student success.

Catapult Academy of Marion County held its College & Career Signing Day Celebration on Monday, May 16, at the College of Central Florida (CCF). The event celebrated the members of Catapult Academy’s Class of 2016 who will be attending CCF as well as other colleges, universities, and career programs and those who will be entering the military.

The morning event, co-hosted by Catapult Academy’s College and Career Program and the College of Central Florida, was attended by more than 25 students from three Catapult Academy campuses in Marion County. Catapult Academy students and staff wore t-shirts from the college or career programs they will attend or have attended. Students who had not yet applied to CCF were able to apply for immediate admission and acceptance to the college for fall 2016.

Signing Day is a chance to celebrate students for making a commitment to higher education. This annual event is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, an effort to inspire every student to complete their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college. For Catapult Academy seniors, many of whom dropped out of high school before enrolling in the dropout recovery program, participation in the College & Career Signing Day Celebration signified their success in overcoming many life challenges that would have otherwise prevented them from earning their high school diplomas and building a better future.

"We applaud the amazing accomplishment of these young men and women,” said Andrew Post, Superintendent of Schools for Catapult Academy. “Earning a high school diploma and being accepted to college are often understated and undervalued, but for our students, this achievement opens doors of opportunity that seemed unattainable. We are excited for the many successes that await them in college, career, and life."

The Signing Day collaboration between Catapult Academy and CCF reflects the schools’ continued partnership, which provides Catapult Academy graduates access to high-quality, high-value degrees and certificates, and promotes the economic, social and cultural development of the local community. This summer, the first twelve Catapult Academy students registered for CCF who earn their diploma will have the opportunity to participate in CCF’s Bridge Eagle Program, an on-campus program that prepares incoming first-year students for college-level math and English.

“The Catapult Academy College and Career Program and the College of Central Florida have a longstanding and successful partnership that supports the success of our youth in numerous ways,” said Charmaine Blue, Regional Manager of the College, Career & Community Relations Program for Catapult Academy. “Opportunities like the College Signing Day offer our students the chance to take the next step to success beyond high school.”

College & Career Signing Days were held for Catapult Academy seniors in Duval County in late April and a final celebration for seniors in Hillsborough County is scheduled for late May.

About Catapult Academy: Owned and operated by Catapult Learning, Inc., Catapult Academy serves students ages 16−21 who have struggled to complete their high school education and need an alternative solution to graduate. Located throughout Florida and Georgia in student-friendly community-based settings, Catapult Academy provides a combination of small-group, teacher-led instruction, virtual learning, flexible scheduling, college admission guidance, and career coaching.

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