Armstrong to Be Featured on PBS as a National Success Story on September 28

(Sept. 25, 2013) Armstrong will be featured on the national PBS program “American Graduate Day” on Saturday, September 28 at 6 p.m.

The Armstrong segment will be part of an “American Graduate Day” marathon, which will air from noon to 7 p.m. This innovative, educational program focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate in the United States and spotlights successful initiatives to encourage high school students to attend college.

Armstrong's College Access Mentoring Information and Outreach (CAMINO) College Prep after-school program, created with critical funding from Lumina Foundation, serves as the focus of the 6 p.m. PBS segment.

“American Graduate Day” will focus on the experience of Armstrong freshman Allie Reyes, who is originally from Venezuela. While attending Windsor Forest High School in Savannah as a senior, Allie participated in the CAMINO College Prep program, which offered the opportunity to meet with college counselors, financial aid officers and other experts who encouraged her to attend college.

“This success story speaks to the power and strength of collaborative partnerships,” says Melody Rodríguez, director and founder of Hispanic Outreach & Leadership at Armstrong (HOLA) and College Access Mentoring Information and Outreach (CAMINO) at Armstrong. “The ‘American Graduate Day' segment focusing on Armstrong is going to be very positive exposure for the university and for our outreach programs.”

The PBS crew shot the documentary-style program on campus in August, following Allie to and from her classes and interviewing a number of Armstrong faculty and staff.

CAMINO is a community-wide collaborative effort of individuals and organizations that focuses on policies, programs and funding priorities to ease the transition from high school to college and promotes college completion for Latino/Hispanic students. Founding organizations include Armstrong, Savannah State University, Savannah Technical College, Georgia Department of Education Region 1 Migrant Education Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire, Junior Achievement of Savannah, Goodwill Industries of Savannah, YMCA branches of Coastal Georgia, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools.

American Graduate Day 2013 features a seven-hour “call to action” marathon around critical themes, including early education, mentoring, career readiness, STEM programs, family support and dropout prevention. Hosted by a range of television personalities, the broadcast and online event will be divided into 14 half-hour blocks featuring a mix of live breaks and pre-taped partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice and intervention services to at-risk students, families and schools.

Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter using the hashtag #AmGrad.