Student Profile: Marcus Gipson (Shreveport, La.)

Date: March 27, 2013

Marcus Gipson attends the Caddo Parish Ombudsman East Center for credit recovery.

OES: Many students come to us not knowing what to expect. Is the program different than you expected?

MG: Ombudsman is very different than what I expected. The main problem I had in my district school was there were too many distractions that would throw me off task. I couldn’t concentrate and I would get in trouble a lot. The structure of ombudsman helps me stay on target with my class work.

OES: Any other differences?

MG: The one-on-one instruction you receive has been so helpful. My teachers work with me until I understand a subject and the computer-based learning is much easier for me than traditional “blackboard” type instruction.

OES: Do you feel like you have changed since you’ve been here?

MG: I’ve changed a lot. I used to do very little in class. Now I am motivated and alert. I am never bored in my Ombudsman classes.

OES: What would you tell one of your peers that is struggling in school about OES?

MG: The Ombudsman program is really good. The four hour class days make it easier to concentrate and it is an all-around better learning environment. The will help you get a real diploma instead of settling for a GED.

OES: What do you hope to do after graduation?

MG: I want to go to college and major in business.

OES: Any final thoughts?

MG: My family has seen a dramatic change in me since I started at Ombudsman. I am more focused and I am quickly catching up on my credits.

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