The Power of the Diploma

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Nykisa Gray’s Success

Nykisa Gray shows off her diploma alongside her support system of teachers and peers. Nykisa is the first graduate of Highlands program with SHRA. Nykisa Gray said she has been on her own ...
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Sergio Navas’ Success

When Sergio Navas tries to tell stories of his past in class at Highlands no one believes him. “I have to always promise them it’s true,” Sergio laughed. “I take it as ...
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A Letter to Our Executive Director

Mr. Doc, I wanted to introduce myself; My name is Tamra Lewter. I know you are a very busy man, but I want to show my gratitude to your school. I ...
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Salena Hansley’s Success

Most people think they know the narrative of “high school dropouts,” and this narrative usually points the finger at the person who didn’t complete their education. In Salena Hansley’s case, the narrative ...
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A Supportive Daughter

On Tuesday afternoon, Executive Director Murdock (Doc) Smith noticed a high school age student waiting in the hallway of a building on the main campus. As usual, Doc struck up conversation and ...
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Lorraine Cwalina’s Success

Lorraine Cwalina was one of those people that our system let fall through the cracks. She was given a grant for trade school education at a time when regulations were more lenient ...
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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 ...