This time of the year it seems that everyone is talking about their New Year Resolutions.
“We hear about losing weight, getting more organized, spending less and saving more,” said Randy Haggard, Director of curriculm /Alternative Educatuion for the Yosemite Unified School District, with include Adult Ecuation. “ Although all of these are worthy goals, none of these can affect the person’s life, and the lives of their family, like finishing their high school education and receiving their diploma.”
Haggard explained that there are many reasons why young students drop out of school and never graduated.
“These reason could be the birth of a child, illness or death of a loved one, or simply the fact that the traditional high school education is not for everyone,” Haggard said.
Yosemite Adult School has recently received restorative funding for the Adult Education and Adult Diploma programs through the Adult Education Block Grant (Assembly Bill 104). This money has allowed the Adult Education program to rehire an additional full-time instructor for the Adult Diploma program.
The program is designed to address the needs of the adult student, and is an independent study model. The students meet with one of the two instructors, Tony Misner, and Dana Hall, in the program for an hour a week to receive their assignments and take any tests that are required.
The available hours for this program are Monday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate adult student’s work and child-care schedules.
Haggard said that according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the average annual income for a high school dropout is about $17,000, while the high school graduate’s average annual income is about $27,000.
“The unemployment rate of a high school dropout is 8.5% where the unemployment rate of a high school graduate is only 5.2% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” Haggard said.
Haggard also pointed out that due to recent legislation, the High School Exit Exam is no longer a requirement to receive a diploma.
“Our past students come from all backgrounds and range in age from 18 to 80,” Haggard said. “What better New Year resolution than returning to school to finish where you left off. You can soon be walking across that stage as a high school graduate.”
Details: Yosemite Adult Education, (559) 683-8801, ext. 366.
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