South Panola educators Josie Mathis (left) and Mary Catherine Toliver helped celebrate the one year anniversary of the online adult education program offered by the school system. Photo by Jeff Eubanks
By Jeff Eubanks
SPSD Public Relations
The New Learning Resource Online Adult Education Program enjoyed a celebratory week June 4 through 8 to mark the program’s one-year anniversary in Batesville.
In addition to the anniversary, NLRO graduates turned their tassel on Thursday, June 7 with a ceremony at Batesville Junior High School.
Through a partnership with Families First For Mississippi, NLRO offers adults an opportunity who were unable to obtain a high school diploma earlier in life, a chance to complete courses at a pace that best suits them at Families First Resource Centers.
The South Panola Parent Center computer lab serves as the location for the free online high school diploma program for residents in Batesville.
A total of 54 students are currently enrolled in the program at the Parent Center, which is facilitated by educators Josie Mathis, Mary Catherine Toliver and Emma Avery.
Seven students earned a diploma in January and participated in a ceremony in Jackson. Thursday, 10 NLRO students from the Parent Center wil
l walk across the stage.
In addition to the students from Batesville, other students at centers based out of Oxford, Southaven, Como, Tupelo, Marks and others will also take part in the graduation ceremony at BJHS
“We are growing and want to continue the success we are experiencing,” Toliver said. “We want to help as many people as we can to succeed at a second chance of earning a high school diploma.”
Admission to the program is based on student data, prior records and the ability to meet the needs of the student.
Those who are interested should contact Mathis (934-6159), Toliver (267-9757) or the Parent Center (563-6044) to schedule an appointment to complete an enrollment application.
Once the application is processed students will be notified regarding admission to the program.