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Workforce Development Council Snohomish County

Meet Hayden

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Workforce Challenge

Last year, Hayden failed all of his 8th grade classes and missed more than 30 days of school. Hayden wasn’t sure about starting high school, especially since he wasn’t very successful in middle school, and he was worried about falling behind at the beginning of his 9th grade school year.

Workforce Solution

Hayden was identified as a high risk student, eligible for support from the on-time graduation program funded by WIA In-School Youth funds at his high school. He was assigned to a special group of students that would be advised by the principal under the Building Bridges program. This program uses early intervention and proven support strategies to increase on-time graduation for students at risk of dropping out of school. Strategies include fostering a relationship with a caring adult, collaboration to support students, routine monitoring of alterable indicators, and individualized support.

Outcomes & Benefits

While a bit shell-shocked the first quarter of his freshman year, during the second quarter, the staff noticed an energetic, responsive, hard-working student. Principal Murdock commented, “Hayden is open to guidance, has good communication skills, and is taking graduation seriously." Hayden is proud of his near-perfect attendance this year and is passing most of his classes. He explained, “I can get help from teachers when I ask and I feel that the staff is very positive telling me I can do it!"

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