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For Immediate Release
December 2, 2013

The first graduates of a new low-cost program for adults seeking to earn a high school diploma will walk in graduation ceremonies!

Tuesday, December 3 at 7 pm in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts.

High School 21+ Program

The High School 21+ program (HS21+) is a comprehensive, competency-based approach, tailored to adult learning styles, offered through day and evening classes on campus and in the community. LCC began offering the program this past summer for adults, age 21 and older. Students earn credit toward a high school diploma both through classroom studies and by demonstrating knowledge gained in the workplace, life experiences and military service. Previous high school and college studies also count.

Career Education Options and GED Certificate

The ceremony also recognizes graduates of LCC’s Career Education Options high school completion program, for students ages 16 to 21, and those who have earned a GED Certificate through the College’s testing center.

A total of 61 students completed their high school credentials at LCC during the summer and fall quarters.

LCC instructors and staff assess student experiences to measure any gaps in education and work readiness; then create a plan to help them complete studies needed for their diploma. HS21+ students qualify for the Basic Skills tuition rate of $25 per quarter for classes needed to earn a diploma. Students may begin studies at any time during the year.

This past summer, 32 students earned high school credits through the new program and 12 completed studies to graduate with their high school diplomas. Even better, ten of the graduates began college studies fall quarter. Two of the summer graduates, Randy Bailey and Meghan Griffith, were selected to speak at Tuesday’s ceremony.

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News Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Associate Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College

  360.442.2491
  whall@lowercolumbia.edu

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