A collaborative partnership between Southwire and Carroll County Schools called 12 for Life, established in 2007, celebrated commencement for its 10th class of graduates last month. The program provides classroom instruction, on-the-job training, key work/life skills, mentoring and employment opportunities for students to keep them motivated to stay in school, graduate and go on to become successful, productive members of the communities in which they live.
The graduating class of 209 students from Carroll, Haralson and Heard County Schools completed the requirements to receive their high school diplomas through the support of the Southwire program. 12 for Life recognized 403 graduates for 2016, including 50 students from the program’s Florence location and 144 through the Great Promise Partnership initiative. These graduates mark a total of nearly 1,600 students who have completed the program to date.
“Many years ago, we made the commitment to this program, and it is so exciting to look back and to see how far we’ve come,” said Scott Cowart, superintendent of Carroll County Schools. “The idea of 12 for Life has worked, and, because of that, we are creating a better place for our community to call home.”