Did you leave high school without a diploma?

Get a second chance at your education!

Take high school courses that meet high school graduation requirements. You can take college courses that apply to your high school diploma, and a degree or certificate, at the same time.



Career Education Options (CEO) is an educational recovery program for young adults who left high school without a diploma.

Eligible students get a second chance at their education and the opportunity to expand their career opportunities.

Undocumented students in Washington state have the right to attend colleges and universities. Many qualify for state-funded financial aid because of the Washington Dream Act, also called The Real Hope Act which was signed into law in 2014. 

Learn more about who to contact at LCC, and policies and practices that protect LCC students at Undocumented Students/DREAMers.

“I wouldn’t have graduated without the help of everyone in CEO.  They’re all so caring and take the extra step to help you succeed.  I highly recommend the program, you won’t regret doing this program!  All the teachers and staff are pretty cool too.”

— Elizabeth Mesneak, CEO student.

Tuition, books, tutoring, and one-on-one help with educational and career goals are provided at no cost. Courses feature a mixture of self-paced and direct instruction based on the student's individualized pathway to a high school diploma.

“CEO has been an eye opening experience. The field trips offer us a chance to see opportunities and then think about college and earning a college degree.”
— Alexander Morvee, CEO student.

Students take high school level courses that satisfy high school graduation requirements. They may also earn college credits that meet these requirements. College credits are applicable to the high school diploma–as well as an associate’s degree or professional certificate–at the same time.

“CEO is a second chance for people like me to get back into school and it gives me hope for a brighter future and a more fulfilling education.”
— Amy Little, CEO student.

You may be eligible if:

You are behind in credits and won't graduate from high school on time.

You have conditions that interfere with success in the traditional high school setting.

You are between the ages of 16 and 21.

You are not currently in high school.

You do not have a high school diploma.

You live in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum County.

Students may have a GED and still be eligible.

Students in the CEO Program


CEO Mission

The mission of the Career Education Options (CEO) and High School Completion (HSC) program is to develop high school graduates who are prepared to define and pursue their academic and professional life goals.

The CEO program is a service of Lower Columbia College in cooperation with the school districts of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties to area youth ages 16-21.

Contact Career Education Options (CEO)

CEO Program located in the International Center (INC). Make an appointment to discuss your future by calling the CEO office at 360.442.2691. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours. We look forward to hearing from you!

  Heidi Patrick, Manager


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