EO Media Group
Oregon State University Open Campus in Grant County is starting a new venture in education, making a high school diploma more accessible to residents of rural Eastern Oregon and beyond.
Having taught in public schools for 20 years in rural Eastern Oregon I have seen students drop out, as well as met many parents who would like to finish up their high school diploma.
A high school diploma is the basis for other educational doors to open. My goal is to make sure if someone wants to attain that diploma it is accessible.
I had a colleague ask me if an adult had the option of finishing a high school diploma rather than getting a General Equivalency Diploma, or GED. I honestly didn’t know the answer to that question, so I decided to find out and did some research.
After talking to folks in education and friends that were in K-12 administration I found out there was no reason this program couldn’t work. I found that community colleges focused on the GED, rather than finishing a diploma. Therefore, my focus is on those wanting to finish their high school diploma.
By partnering with a local school district I am now able to look at a student’s transcripts and determine the path to a diploma. Adults have the option to finish the requirements and graduate.
In the U.S., according to the Constitution under the Full Faith and Credit Clause, Article 4 Section 1, as a public document any high school diploma offered in the United States is recognized by the other states in the union.
This is an exciting opportunity for adults, as we can admit anyone anywhere. I know there are many out there that, for whatever reason, did not finish their diploma. Now they can. This is a program made to be accessible and flexible for anyone.
Now is a great time to start. If you know someone who is ready to finish, have them check with me. This could be a life changer for many people of all ages. This is a program that people can work on from home and at their own pace. It is accessible for people in any state.
The Open Campus program is under the extension division of Oregon State University. It is a program dedicated to degree completion, community development and college and career readiness. For more information please give a call at the Grant County Extension Office 541-575-1911.
Didgette McCracken is the Open Campus coordinator for Oregon State University in John Day, Ore.