Since the USD 231 Adult Diploma program was announced in July, three students have enrolled for the Fall semester, which began Sept. 12. Ages range from 20 to 28.
“The feedback from current students is very positive,” said Melissa McIntire, GEHS counselor. The program was promoted through the district newsletter, press releases, social media and sharing information with local businesses.
The program allows students to work at their own pace, and the nighttime hours offer adult learners the opportunity to complete diploma requirements while working full time.
To promote enrollment, the district has future plans to reach employees working for companies in the Edgerton intermodal and New Century areas for the upcoming semester.
The school year is a traditional two semester schedule: fall session, which begins in September, and winter session, which begins in January. The program is for adults over the age of 18 to return to school and obtain their diploma.
The Adult Diploma Completion program (ADC) is a high school completion program with state required curricular and a traditional graduation.
The program follows state standards and to prepare students for post-secondary education and for direct job placement or advancement.
ADC accepts students who are:
• 18 years or older;
• lives in any district in Kansas
• does not possess a diploma;
• is not enrolled in any other high school completion program;
• and, whose graduating class has already graduated.
Once 21 credits are earned, students are awarded with a Gardner Edgerton High School basic diploma. The cost per semester is $160. All courses will be held twice a week on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Alternative Education Center, 19400A Gardner Road, Gardner. For more information on the program, contact Melissa McIntire at 913-856-2727.