New Drop Out Recovery Program To Help Students in Big Spring

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A fresh start for Big Spring students at risk of dropping out of high school. There's a brand new program geared towards making sure kids get their degrees.

"Its hard you can't get a job with out a high school diploma or GED," 19-year-old Tracie Herrera, said.

Herrera is a mother of 3 and with another baby on the way, she knows how hard it is to find a job with out a high school diploma.

"I was struggling, $7.50 can only go so far," Herrera said.

That's why when Herrera heard of about the new Career Academy and decided to join in full force.

"When you get out on your own, it's hard, this program goes till you're 24, you just get it done and taken care of," Herrera said.

The learning program helps people like Herrera graduate from high school. The classes are smaller and students are expected to work at their own pace as long as they meet the four credit minimum requirement per semester. This program is also geared towards struggling students, who might be at risk of dropping out.

"Our purpose is to help our students focus on a career path and have a purpose in achieving their education," Charlie Thomas, Principal of the Career Academy, said.

So far this year, they will only be admitting 30 students but for many this a chance to change their life around.

"I want to provide a better life for me and my children," Herrera said.

In order to join, students must go through an application process and an interview to make sure they really want to be in the program.