CARROLLTON, Ga -- The Carroll County school system's "The 12 For Life" program is underway for the school year.
Upon its seventh year, the program uses innovative and applied learning in a new phase that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
STEM was started with a $1 million grant to urge student participation in work-based, virtual learning from an instructor. STEM is part of the Georgia Race to the Top Innovation Fund Project, sponsored through the Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement.
The program provides students with jobs and academic support, which has lead to a higher graduation rate and fewer dropouts. The program has helped 425 students reach graduation, 330 students from the Carroll County School System, 57 from Florence City Schools, 22 from Heard County Schools, and 16 from Monroe County Schools, according to Carroll County school staff.