CITY program graduates 21

Published 10:20 pm Thursday, August 20, 2009

Twenty-one students graduated from the CITY Program of Chilton County this month, eight of which earned GEDs and at least two of which are entering college.

The remainder of the students were able to either re-enter public school at their grade level or enter the Job Corps program.

“We had the most GEDs we’ve graduated at one time. We had eight this year,” said the program’s director, Betty Tidwell.

The CITY program held its annual graduation ceremony on Aug. 10 at Clanton City Hall. In attendance were family members of students, local school principals and dignitaries.

“We were really pleased with our students this year,” Tidwell said. “Two of them are already enrolled for classes at Jeff State.”

CITY serves middle and high school students ranging in age from 12-18, who have fallen behind for various reasons. Enrollment is handled through the county’s juvenile court system.

There are currently 30 students enrolled, and the system can accommodate up to 35 each year. The CITY program follows the same calendar as the public school system, except for summer break.

The students get a one-week break during the summer.

Statewide cuts are not likely to be as severe as initially expected.

Tidwell hopes all of the program’s nine staff members will remain on staff.

“Hopefully, we’re not going to be affected other than a couple of temporary positions,” she said.

The program is preparing for its annual Citizen of the Year Banquet, a fundraising event in which a deserving member of the community is honored.