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The second-chance diploma program at Mountain Home Public Schools Guy Berry College & Career Academy has opened its registration window for the Spring 2024 semester. The program — called Night Flight — allows young people, ages 18-21, who have previously dropped out of school an opportunity to earn their high school diplomas.
Jeff Kincade, principal of GBCCA and the Night Flight program, says that he saw several success stories during the program’s first few years. “We had some students who really benefited from being allowed to attend these evening classes and recover some credits,” he said. “Students found that this program was not easy, but they also found that it was worth it, and I expect that we’ll have several who graduate this semester. We’ve already graduated six in the past two years.”
Kincade added that this program is not for everyone, but if a young person is willing, it is a valuable option. “Students do have to apply themselves in this program and be present at least once a week to check in with teachers and take tests,” he said. “But if they will do the simple things this program requires, it can totally change the trajectory of their lives. In most cases, a high school diploma is more valuable than a GED, and after students have a diploma in hand, a world of possibility opens up to them.”
Night Flight registration will be held Thursday, Jan. 11 and Monday, Jan. 15 from 6-9 p.m. at Guy Berry College & Career Academy. Prospective students may begin the registration process by calling Kincade anytime from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 425-1261. Interested applicants may also email Kincade at [email protected].
Kincade said he would be glad to visit with young people — ages 18-21 — who are interested in the program. “We try to work with anyone who is interested to make the program work for them,” he said. “This is personalized learning that can really make a difference in a young person’s future.”