The Power of the Diploma

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Yoselin Simons’ Success

Yoselin Simons thought that she had waited too long. She thought that stepping away from school for 17 years meant a high school diploma was only a dream. “I had almost given ...

Kara and Leticia’s Success

Leticia Vasquez Esparza and Kara Sirivongsai were both shocked when their company told them it would be moving to Costa Rica and everyone would be losing their jobs here in the U.S. “We ...
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Walter Swain’s Success

Unlike others, Walter Swain doesn’t want to talk much about the past that got him where he is today. “I mean when I think about it now I’m like, ‘You was pretty ...
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Elizabeth Muñiz’s Success

For someone who actually loved high school, Elizabeth Muñiz said finding a high school completion program that worked for her was difficult. “I was going into adult schools and they just weren’t really ...
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Steven Cooper’s Success

When alumnus Steven Cooper walked up to our Site Administrator Michael Roessler last summer, Michael said he hardly recognized him. “I thought to myself, ‘Is this the Steven I had in class?’” Michael ...
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Sheila Well’s Success

Shelia Wells is like many of our students here at Highlands Community Charter School, when she looks back on why she dropped out of high school she cannot remember why. “As an educator, ...
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Malcolm Boyd’s Success

There is one thing Malcolm Boyd carries in his pocket every day at Highlands Community Charter School, and that is his old prison identification card. Although the card is now several years ...

Shamerra Glover and Glenda Richardson’s Success

Shamerra Glover and Glenda Richardson chat together like they have known each other for years, like maybe they are even somehow related to one another. The truth is that Shamerra and Glenda only ...