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New high school completion program for TN adults
May 20, 2024, 3:19 p.m.

MURFREESBORO, TN, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Tennessee adults who have not graduated from high school now have the opportunity to earn a diploma, not a GED, for free through a new online program, the Dekalb County Diploma Completion Program, with Graduation Alliance.

"Dekalb County Schools is excited to work with adults throughout the state of Tennessee to help them finish what they started," Dekalb County Schools Director of Schools Patrick Cripps said. "Our work-from-anywhere high school completion program enables adult learners to fit their studies into their already busy lives."

Dekalb County Schools is partnering with Graduation Alliance, a proven online adult education provider, to offer the program. Learners complete their high school requirements 100% online and receive personalized support from a team of teachers, coaches, and 24/7 virtual tutors. They will graduate with a standard high school diploma and also have the opportunity to complete an industry-recognized credential to further boost employability.

"Going back to high school as an adult can feel overwhelming, especially with other priorities like family and work," Graduation Alliance CEO Ron Klausner said. "Our program is designed to give adult students the flexibility, accountability, and support they need to achieve their educational goals."

Graduation Alliance has helped more than 9,200 adults graduate through similar programs in nine other states. The results of a survey taken 6-9 months after graduation revealed that graduates experienced real life change after completing the program.

64% of graduates got a better job or received a raise.

Employer-provided health insurance coverage increased from 33% to 42%. Average annual earnings increased by about $5,200.

To qualify for the Dekalb County Diploma Completion Program, interested applicants must be Tennessee residents, be at least 22 years of age, have completed at least some of 10th grade, must have regular access to a computer and the internet, and have not completed a GED or another high school credential.

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Source: Graduation Alliance

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