Destination Graduation Program
Seminole State College is proud of
Destination Graduation because we’re making a difference in student’s lives.
We’re able to give them emergency assistance, we’re able to keep them in
their class, and keep them on a very successful path to graduate. We’re talking about a low-income student
probably the first in their family ever to go to college. They’ve overcome
incredible challenges to graduate from high school and have gotten themselves
into college and in fact are doing well and life gets in the way. They find
themselves in danger of having to leave for non-academic reasons. We’re making sure that we’re not just looking at a student as an academic record, we’re looking at their ability to keep up with the childcare payment if they have a child, their ability to pay their utilities. We’re making sure that they have access to 2-1-1 resources if they need it, a case management session
to emergency funds if they’ve fallen behind on their rent for a month. We’re
making sure that we’re taking care of their long-term financial and academic
sustainability so they can continue their education and afford a better life. That really is what drew me out of being in the hospital for a couple times and that’s when I had that occurrence with that semester were I couldn’t finish. I met with Turi Moore and she told me about United Way and then she referred me to Jessica. We went through pretty much the whole process of how everything works and documentation that was required and just the experience of
what you guys did as an organization and stuff so. I submitted everything
needed and fingers crossed and it was a blessing you know. Something you guys were here to help me with and you did help me with. I banged those classes out.
I think I passed like seven classes with nothing less than a B so it’s a great
opportunity. If you have a chance to meet these students you’ll love them, alright. You hear their stories… they are the very kind of American icon of the
type of young person that we’d like to help. They represent a lot of the really
great young people in our community who are coming from situations where their
families are just not able to give them all the support they need. I think it’s also a benefit that they know that Seminole State College cares about them. It’s not just about coming to classes and doing well in classes, we care about them as a whole student and we care that they’re successful in life and in class. If you want to get your degree if you’re facing that hard time. Because life’s adversities sometimes choke you and we don’t have no one but at United Way they are like a family. Let me tell you I feel like… I’m part of United Way as well as Seminole State. This program, with the help of people in our community being part of it, makes it possible for these heroes these really exciting young
people that are doing great things to be able to stay in school and get their
education and be everything that we hope they can be in our community.