Compass High School gets funding for learning center

GRANDVIEW – Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic was one of just five applicants – from a field of 22 agencies seeking funds - awarded money from a $1.1 million federal grant being administered this year through the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

A large portion of the $210,000 earmarked for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will go toward a learning center at Compass Alternative High School in Grandview.

The project, which was started last week, involves a partnership between several entities, including the Northwest Community Action Center and the Grandview and Toppenish school districts.

The program will establish two learning centers, one at each district’s alternative high school, aimed at serving 85 students and 20 parents each year.

The learning centers will include evidence-based curricula and activities, such as graphic design, music and video production, robotics, healthy lifestyles through culinary arts education and outdoor adventure. The program’s goal is to improve the students’ proficiency in math, reading and science.

OSPI awarded a total of $1.1 million this school year to five projects supporting after-school and summer learning programs for students at high-poverty, low-performing schools. The projects were implemented as of Sept. 1, for the 2015-16 school year.

The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic grant will provide about $200,000 a year for the next five years to go to both the learning centers. The federal grants, which are part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, are highly competitive.


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