Consider alternative paths to education

High school dropout rates among school districts in the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District ranged from about 3% to 7.5% last school year.

That’s better than the statewide rate of nearly 9%, but it’s still troubling to think that dozens of Northeast Michigan students are failing to finish high school, which is required to even enter most avenues of the workforce, let alone climb the ladders of success.

That is why we honor Alpena Public Schools’ Alternative Choices for Educational Success (ACES) Academy, an alternative high school program meant to offer students another path to earning that certificate and beginning the next phase of their lives.

News writer Julie Goldberg reported in Monday’s edition that ACES is now recruiting for the 2019-20 school year, and we encourage any students who can’t see themselves finishing high school the traditional way to give ACES a look.

The school, according to Principal Matt Poli, is for students who want to learn in a different way, catch up on lost credits, or be in smaller classes. Prospective students must interview with ACES officials and, to be admitted, “it’s got to be … win-win for both sides,” Poli told Goldberg.

The school expects to have about 80 pupils next school year.

There are many, many paths to success.

To any student who may be thinking about dropping out, we would encourage you to give ACES a try.

And to ACES, we say thanks for the good work you do.