A new program from Missouri’s Department of Elementary & Secondary Education offers adults who didn’t complete high school and don’t have a GED® the chance to improve their lives.
More than 450,000 Missourians never completed their high school education, and through this new program, they will have the opportunity to complete their high school education entirely online and at no cost whatsoever through Missouri’s Workforce Diploma Program.
A New High School Diploma Program
Missouri’s General Assembly passed a bill that allows Graduation Alliance to provide adult high school diplomas to Missourians ages 21 and over. This program gives them the opportunity to earn a high school diploma at no cost while completing all required coursework fully online.
They can study where and when suits them best, and the students will be supported by teachers and 24/7 tutor assistance. A personal Academic Coach will additionally be monitoring their pace and academic progress.
For adults, going back to school is challenging for many reasons. The program aims to remove as many obstacles as possible and work with the students toward graduation with the help of a top-notch education with a solid support system provided by education professionals who understand the unique situation of adult learners.
Better Employability Skills And Further Education
Graduation Alliance holds accreditation by Cognia. Successful graduates get a common high school diploma that is accepted by colleges and universities, the U.S. military, and employers.
While working toward their high school credential, adult learners can also earn career certifications to enhance their employability skills and further their academic education.
Earning a high school or GED diploma is quite an achievement, a great milestone, but definitely not a final destination. That’s why the program provides students as well with the opportunity to earn professional certification simultaneously to working toward their diplomas.
This way, the graduates will improve their self-confidence and be better prepared for a satisfactory role in the workforce. Missouri uses the HiSET exam for HSE (high school equivalency) testing, which is similar to the GED. To be successful on the exam, working on your study habits is key, and this particularly applies to full-time employed adults looking to earn a GED.
Educational And Healthcare Programs
Graduation Alliance is offering workforce certificate and diploma programs in a number of states. The programs will definitely have a positive effect on adult Missourians that never completed high school. You can read more about the GED (HiSET) in Missouri, testing sites in the state, and physical prep locations in the linked post.
The US Census Bureau estimates that about 25% of American adults without a high school or GED diploma in the age range 25-70 have been living in poverty over recent years. This is actually the largest demographic poverty group by educational attainment.
Graduation Alliance claims that within nine months after completing the program, more than 75% of the graduates have accessed new or better jobs or obtained job promotions.
The students also reported far better options for continuing academic education, wage increases, and better access to employer-sponsored educational and healthcare programs. The programs definitely will improve the students’ lives and have a positive impact on their communities.
To qualify for the Missouri Workforce Diploma Program, applicants need to be at least 21 years old, be Missouri residents, have computer and internet access, and not hold a GED or high school diploma. More information is available at MissouriDiploma.com, and this is also the place to sign up for the program.
Graduation Alliance has been giving given communities and schools across America the support and resources required to help individuals attain their full potential and career and educational goals since 2007.
The agency has partnered with local governments, school districts, nonprofit agencies, community colleges, and workforce development boards to offer effective alternative workforce training programs and educational opportunities and programs.