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Open Doors


Open Doors is a dropout re-engagement system that provides education and services to older youth, ages 16-21, who have dropped out of school or are not expected to graduate from high school by the age of 21. Longview and Kelso School Districts will partner with LCC to offer the Renaissance program, which will make GED, High School+, and vocational training available to eligible students in need of re-engagement.

Open Doors reengages disconnected youth through programs that:

  • Create multiple pathways for students to realize success
  • Provide an on-ramp to post-secondary achievement through a performance based, individualized support model.
  • Offers flexibility to complete classes morning, afternoon, evening or online.

The Open Doors Renaissance Program, in partnership with Lower Columbia College, will offer access to a wide variety of college courses. Students will have the opportunity to not only finish high school or its equivalent but complete their education while gathering meaningful, employable, skills and training.

In addition, Open Doors Renaissance students will have access to the high demand career fields within I-BEST:

Business: General Business - Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
Business: Retail Management Certificate of Completion (COC)
Business Technology: Administrative Support - Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
Business Technology: Basic Office Skills - Certificate of Completion (COC)
Business Technology: Medical Reception - Certificate of Proficiency (COP)

Early Childhood Education: (State Certificate) - Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
Early Childhood Education: (State Short Certificate) - General - Certificate of Specialization (COS)
Early Childhood Education: (State Initial Certificate) - Certificate of Completion (COC)
Early Childhood Education: (State Short Certificate) - Infants & Toddlers - Certificate of Specialization (COS)
Early Childhood Education: (State Short Certificate) - School Age Care - Certificate of Specialization (COS)
Early Childhood Education: (State Short Certificate) - Family Child Care - Certificate of Specialization (COS)
Early Childhood Education: (State Short Certificate) - Administration- Certificate of Specialization (COS)

Allied Health: Health Occupations Core for the Healthcare Worker - Certificate of Completion (COC)
Medical Assisting: Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
Nursing Assistant: Certificate of Completion (COC)

Automotive Technology - Maintenance and Light Repair - Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
Diesel/Heavy Equipment: Preventative Maintenance - Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
Manufacturing: Manufacturing Occupations - Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
Welding: Welding Technology - Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
Machine Trades - Certificate of Proficiency (COP)

Students have the ability to earn:

  • Washington State Diploma
  • GED®
  • Professional/technical certificates
  • Associate Degrees

To Qualify for an Open Doors Program:

  • Students must be between 16-21 years old
  • Students must NOT have earned a high school diploma
  • Students need to be significantly credit deficient OR more than one year past their original cohort graduation date

To see if you qualify please contact your school district administrator.

If you have been referred to the Transitional Studies Office from your school district please contact Gabino Salgado at (360) 442-2580.

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Open Doors is a collaboration between Lower Columbia College, the Kelso School District, and the Longview School District.


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General Office

  (360) 442-2580
Fax: (360) 442-2589

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