Former students of Detroit Cares Alternative Academy are having a hard time getting jobs because prospective employers can’t find proof of their education.
“Chrysler called and they wanted proof and they wanted proof of my high school diploma,” Miona Jones explained to WJBK. “I sent them the diploma but there is no proof of the school.”
Jones and her friend Devanni Robinson graduated from the academy in 2012, but have since found is challenging to secure employment because there’s “no proof” of their accolades.
Wow. ~Reverend Horace Sheffield heads up the non-profit that ran Detroit Cares Alternative Academy from 2007 until its closure in 2012. The school was authorized by DPS as an… https://t.co/aM9wQyb6Fa
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“I worked 12 years, fighting in school, fighting to be top of my class and you tell me it was all for nothing?” Jones asked.
The and Robinson tried obtaining their school records from The Detroit Public Schools Community District and one of the representatives told the women that “they had no records of our transcripts, diplomas stating that we graduated, nothing.”
Jones said the opportunity to work for Chrysler is a dead-end “thanks to the Detroit Public School system and Rev. Sheffield” who led the nonprofit that ran Detroit Cares Alternative Academy until it permanently closed in 2012.
“The Detroit Public Schools is responsible for the management and the maintenance of these records,” Rev. Horace Sheffield told Fox 2 by mobile. “All of this has been submitted by us and somewhere along the line, some of these records have been lost, misplaced or I’m not sure what happened.”
According to the report, a DPSCD spokesperson admitted the district failed to input student records into the system while they were under emergency management in 2011 and 2012. The district vows to update the records for students.
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