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Getting Ready for the real world

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2013

Lead volunteer Karen Perry guides students during a kick-off session for the Getting Ready to ASPIRE program, new to Siuslaw Middle School this year. (courtesy photo)

College and a career may seem a lifetime away when you are in eighth grade, but students at Siuslaw Middle School are already exploring their options through a pilot program called Getting Ready to ASPIRE (Access to Student assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone).

The program supports the directive of the 2011 Oregon legislature, when lawmakers passed Senate Bill 253, affirming the “40-40-20” goal, that by 2025, 40 percent of adult Oregonians will have a bachelor’s degree or higher; 40 percent will have an associate’s degree or postsecondary credential; and 20 percent will have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.

“It is also a school district priority to get our kids to think earlier about graduation and college,” said Parma Roe, Getting Reading program coordinator and school counselor.

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