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Annual Metro Action Graduation Empowers Families to Break Cycles of Poverty

6/14/2018
Lisa McCrady, (615) 566-4710 Cell, (615) 862-8860, Ext 70144

Agency’s Whole family/2GEN builds system of support addressing root causes of poverty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Friday (June 15), the Metropolitan Action Commission (MAC) will host the 28th annual Graduation Celebration at the Baptist World Center, 1700 Baptist World Center Drive beginning at 10 a.m.

The “cap and gown” ceremony celebrates adults upon completion of the several opportunities offered through the agency’s workforce initiatives created to improve earning potential of families living in poverty.

This year’s class consists of 72 graduates. There are 41 adults receiving the High School Equivalency diploma/GED, 10 adults receiving the Child Development Associate (CDA), which enables them to qualify for entry-level teaching positions, 5 adults receiving the CompTIA A+ Certification, which is a gateway credential for careers in Information Technology, and 16 adults who have learned or increased their proficiency in English as a Second Language (ESL).

“Our approach to empowering families is from a Whole Family/2GEN perspective which builds a system of support around adults and their children addressing the root causes of poverty,” said Dr. Cynthia Croom, Metro Action Executive Director.

Students in the CompTIA A+ program, which are parents of children enrolled in the agency’s Head Start program, includes internship placements within local tech companies. Metro Government’s Information Technology Department has hired students from the program. The CDA Students, also Head Start parents, are allowed to work part-time within the agency’s early childhood education program, Head Start as they pursue their associate. Upon completion students are offered full-time teaching positions by the agency.

Adults enrolled in the GED program are assisted with college entrance, college expenses, job preparation and placement.

“The flexibility of our funding source aids in the development of innovative approaches to building the family’s capacity which often has an almost immediate impact to the earning potential and moving them out of poverty,” said Croom.

The agency receives funding from the Tennessee Department of Human Services to administer the Adult Education and Credentialing Programs.

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Note: This is a formal graduation celebration. Students and faculty will be robed in traditional graduation attire