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Promising Practice of the Month

24-Hour Workforce High School Initiative
St. Louis, MO

The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment’s (SLATE) 24-Hour Workforce High School (24WHS) is the nation’s only twenty-four hour high school program for adults aged 17 to 21 that gives them the opportunity to earn their diploma on their own time. The flexible schedule allows young adults to attend school while also fulfilling their responsibilities at work and at home; 24-7 access to teachers, a computer lab, technical assistance, educational mentors, case management services and other resources provide them with the tools they need to successfully balance working for a paycheck with working towards their diploma. After completing 24WHS, graduates continue to receive support and guidance in pursuing their secondary education and career goals.


24WHS is one of many SLATE initiatives to improve public safety by helping underemployed groups to gain access to job and career opportunities while providing the city’s employers with an increasing number of skilled, competitive workers. So far, they have served over 28,000 people and have more than 50 community partners who participate in the various initiatives.

You can read more about this program in the USCM WDC’S January 2019 Best Practices Publication The Essential Role of Workforce Boards in Meeting the U.S. Skills Gap.

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For more information on the WDC’s Best Practice Committee contact Megan Judge, mjudge@usmayors.org or (202) 861-6735.