New program at Waco ISD offers classes for teen moms and middle schoolers
17-year-old Ashley Cain holds her baby boy in one hand as she works vigorously to complete her last three credits for graduation.
"It's a real helpful program," says Cain.
It's something she's able to do because the Credit Recovery Center expanded its program this fall to offer services to teen mothers and middle schoolers.
"I don't have to worry about asking anybody to watch my baby. I can just bring him. And, then it's easier because I don't have to miss school," says Cain.
This center is not just for teen moms. Different classes are available for students who have infants and for students with other needs. Classes are also available for middle and high schoolers who have gotten off track and fallen behind academically.
"They focus a lot more on helping us try to reach our goal and get our diploma and to pass our exit level exams," said student Kaylan Montgomery.
Each day, more than 150 students come in four hour shifts, to take any and all credits they need to meet graduation requirements.
"We have several students who have dropped out and realized 'hey I really do need to get my high school diploma'. So it's a way for them if they already have a job or they have a child, it allows them a way to get their diploma," said center coordinator Robin Wilson.
Both Cain and Montgomery anticipate graduating by the spring and they're already planning to throw parties.