Barberton school officials hope an expanded collaboration with The University of Akron will help reduce the high school drop out rate. The university is teaching some of its education majors at Barberton High School and the college students are also working one-on-one with at-risk high schoolers.
"What's great about this project is us being able to bring in 50 university students into a school to help those teachers, help their administrators reach out to those students that are the most vulnerable or those students that are invisible," said UA Education Professor Dr. Brad Maguth.
The program isn't new and didn't originate in Barberton, but Barberton Superintendent Patty Cleary says it's a win-win because the college students get real, hands-on experience and the students who need the most help are getting one-on-one attention.
"And we're expanding it this year so we have special education students or teachers who want to go into that field will be included this semester as well as staffing our writing lab," said Cleary.
8,300 students drop out of school every day in the United States, according to Maguth.
The program was bolstered recently with a $25,000 dollar donation from AT&T.