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Student Spotlight: Matthew

  • Sarah Smith
  • January 12, 2022

Matthew is the first to admit that he struggled to stay motivated when he was attending school. Combined with a heavy course load, he just couldn’t keep himself interested. One of his teachers recommended he look into Graduation Alliance to help him finish out his senior year. And now, he’s a high school graduate! “The

Student Spotlight: Jaina

  • Sarah Smith
  • November 3, 2021

For Jaina, getting her high school diploma was an act of self-love. “I allowed things to happen to me because I didn’t believe I was good enough, was worthy, or mattered,” Jaina said. “The older I got, the more I started believing in myself, trying to love myself, and telling myself that I mattered. Getting

‘I worked nights and weekends to get it done’

  • Joanna
  • September 29, 2021

The first graduate of the Indiana Workforce Diploma program didn’t know she was a trailblazer. Jamie had enrolled in the free, accredited, online program after learning that a high school credential she’d earned a long time ago wasn’t from an accredited school. “It was a shock, for sure, and a real setback,” she said. But

Oak Harbor student graduates on time despite a health scare

  • Sarah Smith

Billy moved a lot during her high school years. By her senior year, she’d been to four different high schools. Keeping up with coursework was difficult when she changed schools so often. Her cancer diagnosis made it feel impossible. “I was doing coursework packets in various places — from hospital beds and many, many different

School Spotlight – Everett High School

  • Sarah Smith
  • September 7, 2021

Everett High School celebrated 23 Everett Re-Engagement Academy graduates at summer graduation on August 19, 2021. These students overcame significant obstacles and earned their diplomas with help from Everett Re-Engagement Academy, their school’s dropout recovery partnership with Graduation Alliance. Dr. Cathy Woods, Director of College and Career Readiness at Everett Public Schools, lauded students for

Online program helps Hoosiers finish high school education

  • Joanna
  • July 22, 2021

Fox 59 Indianapolis, July 22, 2021 Rayschell Capps says her biggest motivation is her son. “Right now, he’s in kindergarten,” she said, “and I want to show him that if mommy can do it, you can do it.” Capps dropped out of high school at 18. After having her son in 2015, she later decided

Student Spotlight: Madison

  • Joanna
  • May 4, 2021

For nearly a year, Madison was in and out of the hospital. And by the time she was able to return to school on a regular basis, she had fallen badly behind in her studies. “It was a very stressful point in my life,” she said. “I was coming to realize that all my friends

Olathe mother of 4 completes high school diploma through state program

  • Joanna
  • April 12, 2021

Olathe, Kansas Apr 12, 2021 — An Olathe mother of four is taking the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and turning them around to achieve a life-long goal. Kelly Morse, 36, is about one week away from earning her high school diploma. She left school when she was pregnant with her son, Jordan. “I just

Student Spotlight: Grace

  • Joanna
  • April 2, 2021

The further Grace fell behind in school, the worse her mental health issues seemed to become. And the worse those issues became, the further she fell behind. “I had kind of given up,” Grace said. Grace’s school counselor knew that Grace was smart, capable and hard-working. She simply needed another path. That’s why the counselor

Student spotlight: Alyssa

  • Joanna
  • 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