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Graduation offers hope to students who experienced trauma and homelessness

Hundreds of students across Kern County took part in graduation ceremonies over the past few weeks, but at the M Street Navigation Center on Friday, a different kind of celebration took place.

The cafeteria of one of Kern County’s newest homeless shelters was filled with cheering onlookers as seven students graduated from Project HireUp, a six-week program from Bakersfield College and CityServe that teaches job training and life skills. Designed to prevent the recurrence of homelessness, Project HireUp gives the students the foundation they need to build a stable life.

You can reach Sam Morgen at 661-395-7415. You may also follow him on Twitter @smorgenTBC.