Graduation for Kennedy Krieger Institute High School

June 4, 2002
Second and Largest Graduation for the Fledgling School

BALTIMORE, MD - At 12:30 p.m. on June 7, twelve students from the Kennedy Krieger High School/Career and Technology Center will receive their diplomas, armed with the knowledge to succeed in their chosen careers. The high school is located at 3825 Greenspring Ave.

At the Kennedy Krieger High School, 143 students with serious, often multiple, learning, emotional, neurological, and/or developmental disabilities specialize in career clusters which allow them to specialize in a certain industry, rather than a specific job. With this education, students can choose many different areas of expertise related to that field. The students can choose from one of the following career paths: Information Technology, Construction Trades, Retail and Consumer Services and Hospitality and Tourism.

The first of its kind in Maryland, this program focuses on the challenges many students with developmental disabilities face after they leave high school: attaining economic and social independence. Almost 43 percent of students with disabilities drop out of school, and they are three times more likely to be unemployed.

This career training will allow students to move beyond unemployment and minimum wage jobs. The education they receive at Kennedy Krieger High School is more than just academic; it also teaches them skills to take with them to the work place.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information, visit us on the web at www.kennedykrieger.org.

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