Communities In Schools staff graduate from national certification program

  • Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:09 a.m.

Communities In Schools of Rowan County is proud to announce that Patti Secreast, Emily Harrison, Robert Foreman, Beth Foreman, Krystal Kelly and Aaron Neely have completed the rigorous Site Coordinator Certification Program.

The program is the highest professional development offered by the Communities In Schools (CIS) national office. It provides the Communities In Schools network with a standard set of best practices in dropout prevention, making site coordinators even better equipped to serve the students of Rowan County.


“Our CIS Rowan Board of Directors and I couldn’t be prouder of our dedicated staff. Many completed the courses while still leading programs at their respective schools,” wrote Vicky Slusser, Executive Director. “When followed with the highest level of fidelity, the Communities In Schools model is proven to be effective in reducing the dropout rate and increasing on-time graduation rates. Through the Site Coordinator Certification Program, our site coordinators have a larger set of tools to help her/him better follow this model and support the students of Rowan County.”

Communities In Schools of Rowan County is a United Way agency. United Way provides funding so its site coordinators can provide direct service to over 400 children annually. CIS Rowan also receives continued funding from The Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation, The Margaret C. Woodson Foundation, Salisbury Community Foundation, Target Foundation and True North Foundation to name a few. A complete list can be found on the CIS Rowan website.

The online training program was launched by the Communities In Schools national office in 2010, thanks in part to a generous investment from Pepsi. The certification program involves a set of self-paced online courses designed to increase the knowledge and professionalism of site coordinators.

Patti, Emily, Bob, Beth, Krystal and Andre now join the ranks of more than 450 site coordinators who have either been enrolled in or completed the program. By the end of 2014, every site coordinator in the Communities In Schools network will be expected to enroll in the training. Three more staff members, Brenda Walker, Krystal Stukes and Fran Simpson, will be the next to complete this course.

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