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Graduation Coach Program

The goal of the Graduation Coach Program (GCP) is to increase students’ engagement with school and learning reflected by improved attendance, reduced behavioral problems, better grades, and increased GPA.
Students learn life skills, develop perseverance and build the competence needed to succeed in junior high and throughout high school.

Check and Connect

GCP uses an evidence-based intervention known as Check and Connect, the only dropout prevention intervention credited with having positive effects on students to stay in school.* This intervention can be integrated into multi-tiered systems of support for tier-two and tier-three students.

Trained Coaches

At the core of the program is a trusting relationship between the student and a caring, trained Graduation Coach who both advocates for and challenges the student to keep education a priority. The Coach works with students and their families, striving to build constructive family-school relationships.


In the past 5 years, in Stanislaus County, Center for Human Services (previously funded by United Way) provided the Graduation Coach Program to:

What people are saying:

“The Graduation Coach program addressed a serious need for us, which was having a person focus on kids who sometimes hide in the shadows. Our Coach was able to make personal contact with students who have attendance and grade problems, and bring them out into the light.”
“Having the Graduation Coach program at our site was a powerful tool in making strong connections with some of our at-risk students. It gave them a safe, nurturing space to process academic and social concerns. I really appreciated how our Graduation Coaches made success a goal for our students.”

“Your encouragement was always helpful, I wanted to give up sometimes, or I just didn’t want to do the work, but you pushed me to get my work done so that I could reach my goals. You helped me stay on track, and now I get to cross the stage next week!”


“The Graduation Coach program was the biggest blessing for my son. Without this program he would have fallen through the cracks and went on to high school without the help he needed.”


Program Contact:

David Collins
Program Manager, Youth Services
(209) 526-1476 ext. 135
FAX: (209) 526-0908

Rhonda Dahlgren
Program Coordinator
(209) 526-1476 ext. 155
FAX: (209) 526-0908