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New program is fighting to help HS dropouts

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Trey Mcbrayer dropped out of Start high school when he was 15. He was spending every moment chasing a pro wrestling career. Three years later, Mcbrayer is back in class working on his high school diploma.

"Pro wrestlers are a dime a dozen, so what are you going to fall back on with a high school diploma?," says Mcbrayer.

His second chance is all possible through a new program called "Gateway to College." Owens Community College teamed up with Toledo Public Schools, offering dropouts a second chance at earning a diploma and college credits.

"Students are still working on high school diplomas while earning college credits so they are Owens students," says lead resource specialist James Jackson.

The latest state data shows only 63% of students gradate from TPS. Lead resource specialist James Jackson says this program gives struggling students hope.

"We've had students who hated school but they are excited to come here," says Jackson.

With 50 students in the inaugural class, Jackson says their stories are different but the goal is the same.

"The fact that I'm back in the classroom, I'm so proud of myself. I used to be bad a math and now I have a 98%, so that's a big pat on the back for myself," says McBreyer.

The "Gateway to College Program" is enrolling for Spring. If you would like more information contact James Jackson at 567-661-2850.

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