WCC offers program for adults to earn high school diplomas

Whatcom Community College is offering a new program for adults who didn’t graduate from high school but want to earn a diploma.

WCC is one of 20 community colleges in the state to offer a program called High School 21+, which is a high school completion programs tailored for adult learners.

The program has features such as recognition and credit for competencies gained through life experiences, $25 per quarter tuition, and convenient day, evening and online classes, according to a press release form the college.

WCC signed on as a High School 21+ site because college leaders recognized a local need for the program. By 2019, two-thirds of all new jobs in Washington state will require at least one year of college. But about 10 percent of adults in Whatcom County and 12 percent of adults in Skagit County–nearly 28,000 people–do not have high school diplomas, the press release said.

Classes will begin in the fall and enrollment is open now. For more information or to enroll, contact WCC’s Transitional Learning Program at 360-383-3060.

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