Learn4Life and Vocademy Learning Center recently celebrated an
expanded location on Spruce Street. Due to the astronomical rate of high school dropouts and children in impoverished areas, Learn4Life and Vocademy, have become a pillar in the community to provide an alternative solution for families. For some students, the traditional high school, is not compatible and many fall behind as early as 7th grade. Many of the students who shared their experience believe that because they have the support and one on one time with their teachers, they get an opportunity to work at their own pace and can schedule their classes that is best suitable for their family and work schedules.
This event signified the partnership between Learn4Life and Vocademy, to provide a means for students to not only receive their high school diplomas, but also certificates for the practical skills and trades that are vastly decreasing in the public schools. Vocademy also works with private companies to train the individuals in the workforce to keep their knowledge of their field sharp and competitive.
In attendance was the City of Riverside’s Mayor, Rusty Bailey, Regional Vice President of Learn4Life, Janet Wilson; Learn4Life’s CEO, Skip Hansen; Spruce Street Learning Center’s Principal, Joe Herrera; Vice President of Community Partnerships for Learn4Life, Craig Beswick; and the Founder and CEO of Vocademy, Gene Sherman.
Learn4Life’s goal is “to reach as many students as we can and help them work toward their goal of graduating high school.” After that milestone, they are even more involved in helping students either prepare for college or enter the workforce. Their main objective is to help the student get to where they want to be.
Vocademy’s belief is that “There’s a student in front of everything they do.” – Gene Sherman.
Food was provided by the In-N-Out food truck for all in attendance, a tour of the facilities was another highlight, and the event culminated with a ribbon cutting ceremony.