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Student Spotlight: ‘As soon as I was enrolled, it felt right.”

  • Joanna
  • February 19, 2020

The migraines began in Gracie’s junior year of high school. “It was really debilitating,” she said. “Sometimes it got so bad that I couldn’t walk and I couldn’t see straight. It made school really hard.” But Gracie didn’t want to quit. And her supporters at the Bellevue School District weren’t going to let her. “My

Partner Spotlight: Kings Local School District

  • Joanna
  • February 4, 2020

When Dustin Goldie talks about teaching, his voice rises and his face brightens. He loves being a teacher. But when Goldie was first put in charge of the brand new Kings Local School District employability program, in Kings Mill, Ohio, he worried that he might be spending a lot of time on curriculum. “It’s all

Partner Spotlight: In Montgomery County, Ohio, 2019 was a big year

  • Joanna
  • January 8, 2020

In today’s economy, a high school diploma is no longer the preferred credential — it’s an absolutely essential starting point. That’s why the Montgomery County Education Service Center has helped students from 14 districts in Western Ohio enroll in programs that provide a flexible and supportive path to achieving their high school diploma. This year

Ruby’s story: ‘It just all seemed too good to be true’

  • Joanna
  • November 25, 2019

It’s been months since Ruby earned her diploma, but she still lets out a little laugh every time she looks at it.  “It makes me so happy,” she said, “but, to be honest, it just all seemed too good to be true.” She had been out of school for more than 20 years when she

Cheyenne’s story: ‘It was something I was determined to change’

  • Joanna
  • November 7, 2019

For as long as she can remember, Cheyenne has wanted to be a nurse. “Ever since middle school, and maybe before that even, it’s just something I really wanted to do,” said the former Pennsylvania resident, who is now living in Ohio.  But before Cheyenne had the chance to finish high school, her plans had

‘My academic coach would be the first person I would call’

  • Joanna
  • June 25, 2019

Benjamin knew more doors would open to him with a high school diploma. But with a requirement to spend six hours per day at a place he didn’t want to be, he knew the traditional high school setting wasn’t for him. “It was a struggle,” he said. “I looked at getting a general education degree,

‘You’ve got to set the example’

  • Joanna
  • April 3, 2019

Megan saw first-hand what can happen to a family that doesn’t value education. “I came from a broken-down home,” she said. “I always wanted to finish high school but had obstacles in life. My mom and step-dad were on drugs. I really didn’t have money, but I left home and ventured into the world at

‘The extra push to graduate has definitely helped me’

  • Joanna
  • March 20, 2019

Natasha faced anxiety from the thought of attending a traditional high school classroom. “Anything online and accessible throughout the day was better than regular school in a building at set times,” the Seatac, Washington, native said. “I had dark times and depressed and did not see value in life and going to school and dealing

‘I learned to procrastinate less’

  • Joanna
  • March 13, 2019

While growing up, Cassie never became too attached to friends in school. Her family moved around about once a year—making friends stopped being worth the effort. “High school kids are not exactly known to be friendly sometimes,” Cassie said. “The pressures and school atmosphere for the social aspect was hard for me to want to

‘I am more focused and motivated to succeed’

  • Joanna
  • November 28, 2018

Madeline wasn’t convinced a traditional high school was quite right for her. When her boyfriend suggested she try Graduation Alliance, as he had, she took after his hard-working example. “In high school I had trouble focusing. It was hectic and I just wanted to have fun,” Madeline said. “With Graduation Alliance I can do my