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TPS and Owens partnering to help drop out earn diplomas, start college

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TOLEDO, OH ( Toledo News Now) - The national program "A Gateway to a Second Chance" begins this semester through a partnership with Toledo Public Schools and Owens Community College. The program will start students on the path to earning high school diplomas and college degrees.

 "For the past three days, high school students who have either dropped out or are at risk of dropping out, took the first steps towards getting their high school diploma and college degree, right here at the source in downtown Toledo, as a part of the gateway to college program," said James Jackson from the Gateway to College Program.

Owens is the only college in Ohio to offer the opportunity. Students can complete high school and earn diplomas while earning college credits at Owens. Organizers say there are many reasons students struggle with the completion of high school and hope this program will push students forward.

"We also think it's important because we want young people to realize that they can achieve their dreams. You may have made some mistakes; life may have not turned out the way you wanted it to.  But life should not be over for you at age 17 or 18, and we believe giving them a second chance will give them a new beginning," said Jackson.

Over the next three years, the program will help 150 TPS students.  The first 50 start their first day of classes next week.

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