DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. — They’re singing for joy in Prince George’s County, where the school system will be getting a boost from a major philanthropy group hoping to help graduates at Suitland, Oxon Hill and High Point high schools.
Venture Philanthropy Partners and the county are partners now, creating a new program called “Ready for Work: Champions for Career and College Ready Graduates.”
“It’s going to be world-changing,” says County Executive Rushern Baker.
VPP has already invested $5 million with the goal of $15 million for county schools. Public schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell says what’s bigger than the money is “the commitment to really work with our children and work with businesses and connect them.”
He says the goal of the ready-for-work program is simple.
“To provide internships, to give kids job coaches, to create opportunities for kids to be successful,” Maxwell says.
Carol Thompson Cole, President and CEO of VPP, says the program will make sure graduates of Prince George’s County high schools are “set for success.”