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 Student Spotlight: Rolando Rodriguez

Classmates can always count on Rolando Rodriguez to support and encourage them.

The junior at South County Community School was honored by the San Diego County Board of Education on April 12 as the student board representative for the month.

Each month, the County Board of Education recognizes a student from SDCOE's Juvenile Court and Community Schools at its regular meeting. In addition to giving the board a chance to honor a student, participation in the meeting also gives students like Rolando a valuable experience in leadership, said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools.

Rolando has been with JCCS almost two years. He says he encourages his classmates to stay strong and be leery of peer pressure. His teachers have helped him be more openminded and responsible, he added.

After he graduates from high school, Rolando says he plans to get a degree in counseling and eventually become a corrections officer.

The San Diego County Office of Education's JCCS program educates nearly 5,000 students each year who are either wards of the court or have been referred by social services, probation, or one of the county's 42 school districts. Services are provided at more than 20 sites across the county to students who are incarcerated, pregnant or parenting, in foster care, expelled, chronically truant, in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children, and experiencing homelessness.