LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Education advocates in La Crosse are praising the results from the first year of a new college preparedness program.
The results from the first year of the 'AVID' program were released Thursday.
Nearly 100 high school students in the district took part in the program, which prepares teens for college.
The La Crosse Public Education Foundation says the average GPA for AVID students last year was 3.2, which is higher than the 2.9 GPA for all other high school students in the district.
AVID students also showed higher attendance rates than the rest of the student population.
"The whole goal is to improve the community by increasing our education level in the community, and in particular helping those families and those students that may not otherwise have thought college was an option for them," said La Crosse Public Education Foundation Exec. Dir. David Stoeffler.
The program was offered to 9th and 10th graders last year. It will expand to include 11th graders this year.
AVID is made possible in part through a grant from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.
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