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Open Doors celebrates first winter graduation

Open Doors Graduate Class
Fourteen Open Doors students earned diplomas this winter.

Open Doors held its first winter awarding of diplomas recently, with 14 students celebrating the completion of the program’s graduation requirements. Families and friends of the Open Doors participants filled the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda until there was standing room only. “I hope you understand the uniqueness of this event,” said Superintendent Debbie LeBeau in her address, “as it is the first time the district has held a formal recognition of graduates at mid-year.”

Graduates have transitioned to next steps, entering post-secondary programs, the military, and job training programs. “Open Doors is about more than graduation, it is about helping students navigate past barriers and begin their next steps,” stated Venetia Willis-Holbrook, supervisor of secondary initiatives.

Open Doors is a Washington state program designed to help students ages 16-21 who are deficient in meeting credit requirements in a traditional high school setting. The program provides flexible scheduling options including an online-only option through Graduation Alliance. All students meet weekly with a success counselor to collaboratively develop and monitor individual plans for graduation. For more information, please click here or contact Venetia Willis-Holbrook at 253.583.5545.