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MMSD receives national grant to help create personalized pathways program

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MADISON (WKOW) – The Madison Metropolitan School District and community officials are receiving a national grant they hope will help more people graduate from high school.

The $400,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation will go toward creating "personalized pathways" at the district's high schools. The district will work with community partners to create the program, including Madison College, the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Madison.

School officials say the program will give students a chance to explore different career paths, including healthcare, while still doing the work needed in class to graduate.

“Our goal is to create a seamless system for our students between high school, postsecondary (education), and (the) workforce to ensure that every student receives the support, the information, and the opportunities every student needs to be successful,” said Madison Metropolitan School District superintendent Jennifer Cheatham.

Madison is one of only four Midwest communities to receive the grant. The others are Rockford, Ill., Columbus, and District 211/214 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Officials in Madison say they hope to start the program in time for ninth graders in the 2017-2018 school year.

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