Reengagement in Dayton
Shingai Calhoun shares his experience at the Sinclair Fast Forward Center
In Dayton, Ohio, Sinclair College operates the Fast Forward Center, a countywide initiative with a primary focus on identifying and re-engaging youth with earn a high school diploma, pursue post-secondary education, or enter the workforce. The Center’s mission: To reclaim the futures of out-of-school youth by reducing the high school dropout rate in Montgomery County, Ohio.
The Fast Forward Center (FFC) operates as a resource center that serves students, ages 16 – 21, who have dropped out of high school or do not attend school regularly. FFC works with youth to determine the “best fit” academic programs by which to earn a high school diploma. The community collaborative model partners with alternative schools and community organizations to serve the needs of youth. The FFC re-entry process begins with a scheduled appointment, and an intake process that includes an academic and resiliency assessment, discussion about school options, and assistance with determining “best fit” education program. Three current partner schools include: Life Skills Center of Dayton, Mound Street Academies, and Miami Valley CTC Youth Connections.
FFC also collaborates with various community organizations to provide services that address non-academic barriers for youth that could stand in the way academic progress. FFC’s main community partners include: CareSource Life Services, Clothes that Work, East End Community Services Corporation; Webster Street Academy & Family Center, Prevent Blindness Ohio, Wesley Community Center and Yes! for Youth – WIOA Program.
- Central location within the Montgomery County Job Center which also houses Job and Family Services for easy cross-referrals.
- Provides support for students from ten school districts within Montgomery County.
- Provides computer-based learning programs, student focused programming, and highly qualified caring staff to allow students in FFC partner schools to work at their own pace towards credit recovery and high school completion.
- Supports dual enrollment for early college credit while attending a FFC partner school.
- Offers the Taylor Scholarship opportunity for graduates from FFC partner schools. The scholarship provides a financial aid package to Sinclair for up to $3000 a year for two years and a stipend per semester.