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Student spotlight: Alyssa

  • Madison Schiefelbein
  • March 4, 2021

Alyssa was on the cusp of dropping out and figured a GED would be fine. But when a college counselor explained to her the big differences between a GED and a high school diploma, Alyssa set to work trying to find an online high school where she could finish the requirements for her diploma while working and taking care of her younger sister.

To her surprise, her school district had a free, online option for students like her.

Discovering the district’s Graduation Alliance program “was really motivating,” Alyssa said. “I was really happy I had this option that I could take advantage of.”

The program’s local advocate, Colette, said Alyssa was clearly eager to make the most of the experience.

“She’s encouraged so many of my students,” Colette said. “I remember thinking she’s brand new to the program and she’s already encouraging other students.”

Alyssa said her support for other students is simply a way to “pay forward” what has been given to her.

“For students, there’s an entire team of people we can rely on,” she said. “I really don’t think I would have been as successful if I didn’t have the support that this program offers.”

Graduation Alliance partners with school districts, workforce agencies and various other organizations to help create alternative paths for individuals who need flexibility and support to earn a diploma. We understand each student needs an individual pathway to graduation and we are here to help. Click here for more information.