In-person visits aimed at helping online students succeed

This year, the Mesa Distance Learning online program is using federal funds to pay for a traveling "mentor," who visits the program's most at-risk students and helps them stay on track. In the first three months, the mentor has encouraged 50 online students to return to their classes. The mentor checks whether students have been logging into classes or are falling behind, then calls and offers visits to students who need them.

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