The spring 2011 class of the S.C.O.P.E. program graduated during a ceremony at Sheridan College on April 22nd.
Six boys and four girls received framed certificates of completion, along with flowers, special gifts, and colorful “personality prizes” celebrating their accomplishment.
Those who completed the Spring 2011 S.C.O.P.E. Program are Devon Baker, David Buskirk, Kevin Fauber, Breanna Fortman, Justin Gaddy, Amber Hill, Eric Killion, Andrea Reich, Jessica Shafer and Tyler Walker.
S.C.O.P.E. stands for Sheridan/Johnson County Opportunity Project for Education, and its coordinator, Sarah Riehn, explains how the program works.
While most of the over 150 students who've gone through the program since its inception in January 2002 were high school dropouts, Riehn stresses that many just couldn't learn in the more structured school setting because of their learning style.
The program, which is based out of Sheridan College, lasts for twelve weeks, five days a week with morning and afternoon sessions. The program also partners with the Department of Workforce Services and the Division of Vocational Rehab.
Riehn says they continue to work with the students for at least a year after they complete the program, helping them with the college application or workforce application process.
She adds that those who pass their GED requirements will be able to walk with the graduates at the Sheridan College Commencement Ceremony in two weeks.
S.C.O.P.E. serves to empower youth ages 16 to 21 to become self-sufficient by providing employment training, life skill instruction and GED preparation.
If you know someone who could benefit from taking part in the S.C.O.P.E. program, contact Sarah Riehn at Sheridan College, P.O. Box 1500, Sheridan, WY 82801, call (307) 673-2881 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org