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Another semester, as well as another year...

posted Jan 13, 2013, 8:06 PM by Micah Mobley
With the close of school this past Friday, the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year wrapped up.  In the first 180 days of this school year we have had some wonderful things to celebrate.  Of course, the first goal of students at the Edge is to graduate with a diploma.  Thus far, we have already seen five young adults celebrate that milestone in their lives.  Their lives have now begun a new phase.  It is one that includes more opportunity and option than might have been the case had they not hung in and continued to fight to overcome the obstacles they faced.  The result: their lives can be enhanced, as well as the lives of their future families. 
"Attendance is not the only thing, but it is the first thing."  This is a phrase that our students hear with a certain degree of frequency.  One of the biggestAs a group, we have worked our way back up to a 94% attendance rate...something that our students will tell you is extremely important to me.  In virtually any professional career, success begins with being truly present.  That is not to say just walking in the door, but being truly present, both physically and mentally.  Getting through the door daily is the first step toward being present.  Once we are in the door, then we can focus on the myriad of little things that account for being present mentally.  When that starts to happen, we see the positive results that make our efforts worth their while.  This is not to say that we have reached the proverbial mountain top, but we have certainly come a long way in a short time. 
Credit attainment for the students on our current roster is starting to pick up steam, especially toward the end of the semester.  The year started strong, then we hit a bit of a lull and and lost some of the focus and drive that we had at the beginning.  But I will give this group the credit that they deserve by saying that they have hung in there through the rough patch and have persevered, and are starting to see the kind of progress that is expected.  The result:  more of our group is now on pace to graduate on-time, than we were at this point last year. 
In closing, while we celebrate the accomplishments along the way, we know there is much work to be done.  We are grateful that we have been provided the opportunity to work in the way that we do, to create the kind of lives that we can be proud of.  We look forward to another in which we will see the fruition of the hard work and the maturation of the young adults in our program.
Mr. Mobley