Earn your High School Diploma through the High School Completion Program (HSCP)!
HSCP allows Vermont residents to carve out their own path to high school graduation by creating a Personalized Graduation Plan that meets state graduation requirements as well as student goals.
You will create your plan in partnership with a Vermont Adult Learning Plan Manager, with approval from your local high school. Starting with your high school transcript as a baseline, you can integrate courses, workshops, internships, projects as well as paid employment into your graduation plan based on your individual skills, needs and goals. You can even take college courses for free while pursing your high school diploma. The result… a high school diploma from your local area high school!
Steps to a diploma include:
- Make an appointment for an orientation and assessment session to see where you are today
- Meet with an Educational Adviser to discuss your goals and how you can get there
- Develop a Personalized Graduation Plan that is approved by you, your high school of residence, and your Educational Adviser
- Begin doing the work – take a college class, enroll in a tech program, take a GED test, complete Work Keys certification, do an internship, get your driver’s license – the community is your classroom!
Visit the Vermont Agency of Education for more information on Vermont’s unique High School Completion Program
and contact your local Vermont Adult Learning Center for information on how to get started.
Here are some of the creative ways our students are meeting their requirements, while learning new skills:
High School Completion Students have constructed two raised beds that will be home to a variety of healthy vegetables. The students have researched seeds, growth, soil, watering, and sunlight as preparation for the actual garden. Some of the vegetables being planted are carrots, cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and more.
In addition to learning about gardening, students are improving their basic skills and meeting their graduation requirements.
Depending on the success of the garden’s growth, students will donate some of the produce to the local food shelf and be able to take some home to their families.
While designing their challenge projects, students are asked to think about ways they can experientially research and connect with their topics. In April, we had two HSCP students working on life science projects who decided in order to better grasp their topics, a look at mammal anatomy would be necessary. And so the idea of a dissection was born!
Cheyanna is exploring her interest in Veterinary Science with a project that ties in informational interviews with local Vets as well as a research paper about rabies. Her physical understanding of the brain and nervous system helped her demonstrate the dangers of the disease.
Brittany used the dissection as a culminating piece to her Grad Challenge Project with CVU, examining the college application process with a focus on mortuary science. The project included research of mortuary science, schools that offered programs, and reflection of classes she took at CCV.
Cow Tales Driver Education
A favorite activity on Graduation Education Plans is Driver Education, which High School Completion students are able to participate in at no charge. This past year in St. Albans, the class was taught by Melissa of Cow Tales Driver Education. Melissa’s objective is to teach students driving habits that will last a lifetime. In order to successfully complete the course, students must participate in classroom learning, complete written assignments, observe other drivers, and practice their own driving skills. In addition, students attend a forum on the risks of dangerous driving presented by medical personnel and law enforcement.
Although traditionally designed for the younger driver, Melissa is pleased to offer this opportunity to students of all ages. Any student enrolled in the High School Completion Program may participate by speaking with their plan manager.
Food For Knowledge
This winter, students identified the large role food plays in their lives. They recognized that it’s hard to learn when you are hungry. For years research has demonstrated the benefits to school breakfast and lunch programs, verifying what students were indeed reporting.
In April, students integrated food into their afternoon classes twice a week. On a rotating basis, teams of students take turns in preparing a lunch, serving it to their peers, and cleaning up afterwards. Embedded into these activities are multiple lessons including:
Basic Math Skills
Health and Nutrition
Cultural Food Customs
Food Assistance Accessibility
Food Cost Budgeting