It’s not too late

HS offers adult diploma

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Iola High School, through Crossroads Learning Center, will offer adults an opportunity to complete requirements for a high school diploma.
“The program is open to anyone whose class has graduated, not just those who attended Iola High School,” said Principal David Grover. Statistics indicate one quarter of Allen County adults have not completed requirements for a high school diploma.
Iola High’s approach will differ from the General Education Development program offered at Allen County Community College.
Those who enroll will need only complete requirements for credits they didn’t earn while in high school, Grover said. For example, if a student had completed all credits except algebra, he or she would need only to concentrate on that subject and pass a test. Success would result in a high school diploma.
A second advantage is that students won’t be required to meet a strict schedule. They may study anytime by computer at home, in USD 257 computer labs or at Crossroads from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on school days.
“It will be a self-paced, individualized learning environment with teacher assistance available,” Grover said. “The reward will be an official Iola High School diploma.
“Studies show that lifetime earnings are $350,000 higher (for those with a diploma) over those without a high school diploma,” Grover said. In addition, completing requirements for a diploma is a source of self-satisfaction.
Grover encouraged adults without a high school diploma to call the school, 620-365-4715, for more information and to arrange enrollment. He said there was no cost associated with the program; “Basically, it’s all covered by state funding.”
Grover stressed that the program isn’t just for older adults, but for anyone from late teens on who suffered an academic misstep that kept them from graduating.
“It can change your future,” he said.