Governor Bill Richardson will host Graduate New Mexico kickoff events in Santa Fe and Las Cruces this Friday, July 30th. The events will kick off a major push by the state, school districts, local governments and community partners to get high school dropouts to earn their diplomas.
Graduate New Mexico, It's Everybody's Business! has a goal of recruiting 10,000 dropouts by Fall 2011. The initiative includes new online options for dropouts to complete high school and earn a diploma.
"Every New Mexican has a stake in setting graduating from high school as an expectation for all students. It's vital to our economy and the well-being of our state," Governor Richardson said. "Through Graduate New Mexico, It's Everybody's Business! we are expanding the opportunities for dropouts to drop back in and earn their high school diploma. Our message is--"if you think you can't, you can."
The kickoff events will host booths where dropouts of any age can learn about online and other options to earn a high school diploma. There will also be experts on hand to offer information on mentoring, tutoring, and support for those who work or are parents. Those interested in earning their diploma will be matched with a support specialist who will help identify the best pathway to high school completion and will have the opportunity to sign up for support services on the spot.
Free refreshments and entertainment will be available at both events and those who attend will be eligible for various giveaways, including two Netbooks.
Governor Richardson today also announced the launch of www.GraduateNewMexico.com and a toll free number 1-877-505-GRAD (1-877-505-4723) where anyone can get more information on the Graduate New Mexico, It's Everybody's Business! initiative and how they can earn their high school diploma.