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Adult Diploma Recipients Recognized by the State Board of Education of Ohio

Release date: 4/11/2016

A total of 78 adults now have high school diplomas thanks to Ohio’s new Adult Diploma Program. Several participants in the program’s pilot year were recognized today by the members of the State Board of Education of Ohio.

“The Adult Diploma Program is changing lives and providing hope to the more than one million Ohio adults who left school without diplomas,” said Dr. Lonny J. Rivera, interim state superintendent of public instruction. “Graduates have the skills needed to obtain jobs in Ohio’s high-demand fields – this is a win-win for everyone.”

The Adult Diploma Program provides job training and new pathways for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn high school diplomas and industry credentials aligned to one of Ohio’s in-demand jobs.

What makes this program different from a traditional high school setting is the delivery of instruction to adults. Instead of measuring academic achievement through clock hours, seat time or credits earned, the focus is on a competency-based approach that provides a self-paced option. Once competencies have been learned, adults then demonstrate mastery of skill. Each eligible adult works with the provider to create a customized student success plan leading to an in-demand job in their region.

The following institutions served as pilot sites: Stark State Community College, Pickaway-Ross Joint Vocational School, Miami Valley Career Technical Center, Cuyahoga Community College and Penta Career Center.

State data shows that Ohio adults without high school diplomas are twice as likely to live in poverty as those with diplomas. In Ohio especially, data shows that high school level career-technical education programs are effective in preparing students for success in college and careers.

Click here for a list of graduates.