Seneca Center – 2019 Transformation Award Winner
For bringing quality education and undivided attention to the students who need it most.
Seneca Center, in San Leandro, CA, created the Jobs Education and Training (JET) program to meet the needs of transition-age students with emotional and behavioral challenges to help them recover credits to graduate, and prepare them for their future after high school.
By partnering with Fuel Education, Seneca Education Specialist Janessa Simms saw an opportunity to develop a program that could support credit recovery, promote independence, and offer the flexibility that students needed to focus on college and career readiness.
“I had observed that there was a lack of preparation for our older high school students to enter college and the workforce. Students approaching graduation were frequently credit deficient, and due to our small size, we struggled to meet student’s specific credit needs with fidelity,” said Sims.
Through the JET program, each student’s specific credit needs and transition goals are targeted through a combination of direct instruction courses provided on-site, online courses to meet graduation requirements, vocational education groups and classes, as well as concurrent enrollment in community college or work experience credits.
“The addition of FuelEd on our campus made this a reality,” Simms said. In the first year, the JET program graduated two students and an additional two transitioned back to a public-school campus for their senior year. In the second year, the program was on track to graduate five students and reward an unprecedented number of credits to their online students.
“The independence required for students to complete Fueled courses is excellent practice for life beyond high school,” said Simms. Seneca’s JET program strives to instill a renewed sense of confidence and independence in each student while equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
The 2019 FuelEd Transformation Awards recognize just seven programs, out of more than 2,000 school districts nationwide, that are modernizing the way K–12th grade students experience education.
About the Transformation Award
The Transformation Awards recognize schools, districts or organizations that are successfully transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. Seneca Center was one of seven programs honored in 2019, out of more than 2,000 school districts nationwide, for modernizing the way K–12th grade students experience education.
Each Transformation Award winner uses Fuel Education’s portfolio of online courses and adaptive learning tools to meet the varying needs of their students, who represent different demographic, economic and geographic backgrounds. The winning programs use online learning to overcome challenges in unique and inventive ways, whether through providing students with the means to earn a high school diploma after dropping out, filling teacher vacancies, helping students recover credits, differentiating instruction based on real-time progress data or providing students with access to a wider variety of elective courses.
“Education is not one-size-fits-all, which is why Fuel Education works to provide unique solutions that meet the needs of unique students,” said Russ Roselle, senior vice president at FuelEd.
“The winners of this year’s Fuel Education Transformation Awards are creating incredible opportunities for their students, meeting their students’ immediate academic needs, and going above and beyond by using digital curriculum and content to provide unparalleled personalized learning experiences,” said Roselle.