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March 6, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Dropout program in Kent wins national recognition

Marlon Harris visits the iGrad classroom in Kent where he earned his GED last year. He worked closely with tutor Connie Moriarty, left, and teacher Karna Cristina. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

Marlon Harris visits the iGrad classroom in Kent where he earned his GED last year. He worked closely with tutor Connie Moriarty, left, and teacher Karna Cristina. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

The 156 dropouts who have earned diplomas and GED certificates through the unlikely-looking iGrad program know well what a powerful opportunity Kent schools have provided. Each week, they ducked into a down-at-the-heels shopping mall for no-cost online courses that provided them a powerful leg up.

In January, The Seattle Times profiled iGrad as part of its yearlong look at solutions in education, and on Wednesday the National School Boards Association further confirmed the program’s impact with a Grand Prize Magna Award.

The honor recognizes districts making bold moves to improve public education.

Indeed, since iGrad began two years ago, its enrollment has surged. To date, more than 560 young dropouts — many of them from districts outside of Kent — have signed on to complete high school and move onto community college through its online-education courses.

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January 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Your voices: Readers on why they would — or wouldn’t — hire a high school droput

Our latest Question of the Week stemmed from Claudia Rowe’s Monday story about a Kent-based dropout re-engagement program called iGrad. We asked: “Would you hire a high school dropout?” and gave readers three options “yes,” “no” or “only if he or she had earned a GED or other equivalency.” We also required respondents to provide a reason for their answers.

Here is a sampling of the responses (some have been edited for length):

Everyone has different abilities and motivations. A high school diploma does not indicate either of these attributes. If an individual shows they can do the required tasks or can be trained to do so, then a diploma is moot.

—Dana Briggs, Kirkland

School is EASY. If they cannot finish school, they won’t make it in the real world.

—Warren Trout, Seattle

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January 13, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Today’s story: Dropouts flood Kent’s second-chance iGrad school

Today’s front-page story by Claudia Rowe examines an unusual program targeting high school dropouts in the Kent School District. Here’s an excerpt: No one is forced to attend, yet the 18-month-old program has a waiting list, and its popularity has surged. As of December, 540 young people had enrolled, drawn by the promise of a…

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January 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Question of the Week: Would you hire a high school dropout?

Illustration by Paul Tong / Op Art

Illustration by Paul Tong / Op Art

Last week’s blog post about the societal costs of high school dropouts drew a strong response from readers. According to a 2011 study from Columbia University, the average dropout imposes a lifetime cost of about $235,680 in welfare payments, food stamp, criminal justice and medical care.

With more than 30,000 teens and young adults disconnected from school and lacking diplomas in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, the economic costs add up fast.

But the passage of ground-breaking legislation in 2010 made connecting dropouts with a diploma or other certification a renewed priority in Washington state. A popular Kent-based high school completion program called iGrad is the subject of Monday’s front-page story.

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