When the first and only 24 Hour Workforce High School (24WHS) in the country opened its doors in February 2017, it quickly became an educational sensation. Created in close partnership with St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), 24WHS opens the door to students who have not found success in traditional educational environments by providing access to school curriculum and individual mentorship 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
In April 2017, 24WHS celebrated its first two first graduates at a Commencement Ceremony at City Hall. On December 15, 2017, 12 more students joined 24WHS alumni, receiving their high school diplomas in front of a cheering crowd at the SLATE offices at 1520 Market Street. The proud graduates were joined by peers, friends and family members, their 24WHS Education Mentors, the entire staff of SLATE Young Adult Workforce Division, program partners, and SLPS representatives, to commemorate their achievements.
Educational attainment is especially difficult for working young adults, who are often limited by work schedules and family commitments. The key to success for students of 24WHS is the 24/7 classroom access and individual educational mentorship provided, allowing for students to schedule their class time around other responsibilities. The 24WHS curriculum is enhanced by financial empowerment education and holistic case management services offered to each participant. Although the school’s class curriculum is virtual, student attendance is required for successful participation. Each student can access courses 24/7 with an assigned Educational Mentor for tutoring and mentorship support to help them overcome life challenges and personal circumstances that can create barriers to educational success.
The SLATE 24 Hour Workforce High School is made possible by the overwhelming support of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, SPHS Superintendent Dr. Kevin Adams, SLPS Virtual School Coordinator, Carey Cunningham, SLPS Network Superintendent of Middle/High Schools, Dr. Ian Roberts, City of St. Louis Division of Corrections, 1st Financial Credit Union, State Representative Bruce Franks Jr., and Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed.