Special Coverage

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American Graduate / Back on Track / Louisiana

Back On Track: A Look At How LSU Gets Young Women Excited About Engineering

Louisiana will be in the spotlight as American Graduate Day features a successful program at Louisiana State University (LSU). It’s called XCITE and it’s getting young girls excited about careers in engineering.

Photo of Kevin. Credit: Nashville Public Television.
American Graduate / Back on Track / Tennessee

ON TRACK: Long Hours At Work And School Fuel Determination For Stratford High Graduate In Nashville

Though he’s a teenager, Kevin is the man of the house. While in high school, he worked long hours to help out, which made staying in school a struggle. Instead of dropping out, he stuck with it and graduated from Nashville’s Stratford STEM Magnet High School.

Ben. Credit: Nashville Public Television.
American Graduate / Back on Track / Tennessee

Back On Track: Nashville Student Focuses On Graduation at Non-Traditional Academy at Old Cockrill

Dealing with Chronic illness is just one of the issues students can face during school. The resulting stress, absences and falling behind can sometimes make dropping out an attractive option. In this Southern Education Desk series “Back on Track,” Nashville Public Television tells us about Ben, a young man who faces struggles, but is determined to graduate from the Academy at Old Cockrill.

Lhundyn Fernandez shows off the whiteboard tracking scholars' hours. Once they reach 40, they're ready to take the HiSET exam. Credit: Mallory Falk
American Graduate / Back on Track / Louisiana

Back On Track: New Orleans’ Posh Academy Helps LGBT Students Complete GED

In it’s series Back On Track, the Southern Education Desk looks at a program in New Orleans that supports some of those students as they work toward a high school degree. The program called Posh Academy, is part of BreakOut, a non profit addressing issues of LBGT youth. WWNO’s Mallory Falk spoke with some of the students, including 23-year-old Lhundyn Fernandez.

Back on Track: Donna Dukes And Sernitria Bell
Alabama / American Graduate / Back on Track

Back on Track: Donna Dukes And Sernitria Bell

The Southern Education Desk, in advance of American Graduate Day on October 3, is highlighting people who got back on track and programs that helped them get there. Today, we highlight two people in Birmingham, Alabama.

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All In The Game / Louisiana

All In The Game: Big School Sports vs. Small School Sports

When it comes to college football programs, the big money-makers like LSU, Florida, and Georgia often get the limelight. But what about smaller colleges? How are they able to generate revenue? In this report, the athletic director of Nicholls State University, located in the heart of Cajun country talks about how they are able to keep playing and paying the price to stay in the game.

Photo credit: Paul Boger.
All In The Game

All In The Game: Study Centers And Counselors Give Student-Athletes Academic Support

Football, basketball, baseball, gymnastics. College sports are a way of life in the South. Fans pack into stadiums or glue themselves to televisions to watch their favorite teams battle it out. But the pressure on a young person to succeed on the field or court is only half the battle. College athletes are also expected to succeed in the classroom.

Coach David Masterson (front left) stands on the practice field at Northeast High School in East Baton Rouge Parish before a snap. Credit; Amy Jeffries/SED
All In The Game / Louisiana

All In The Game: Athletes And Schools Tackle Tougher NCAA Academic Requirements For Potential D1 Players

When it comes to Division I football, Southern states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana, produce the largest number of recruits per capita. New NCAA rules take effect for college athletes next fall. A 2.0 GPA and a decent ACT score won’t be enough anymore. To avoid the bench, freshmen will have to come in with a 2.3 GPA in core classes — reading, math, science, and social studies. And players in high school — where standards are generally lower — are feeling it.