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From High School Drop Out to High School Graduate in Under 4 Months

Scarlett came to Michigan Works! in February 2024 wanting to complete her education. She had heard from a friend that MW! would be able to assist her.

Scarlett was adopted by her grandparents when she was just 2 months old. Her grandparents did the best they could, and she was very thankful that they supported her decision to drop out of school and pursue her GED. Scarlett had moved in with her boyfriend and his family and wasn’t making enough money as a dishwasher to be able to afford to drive back and forth to school, which was 21 miles away. She had no vehicle of her own to commute with and no friends in high school. In addition, her grades weren’t very good in public school, so she no longer wished to attend. But she did want to graduate.

Scarlett met with Michigan Works! Youth Career Advisor Jeanie Flory. They discussed Scarlett’s goals, including her desire to be done with school within 6 months. Considering Scarlett’s strong desire to complete her education in a timely manner, Jeanie referred her to Iosco RESA to complete her GED. She also enrolled Scarlett in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program.

Within four months, Scarlett completed her education with straight A’s. She was very proud of herself, as she had struggled so much with public school. Scarlett said her Youth Career Advisor Jeanie really helped with her GED completion by going out of her way to help her, communicating frequently and getting the ball rolling. She says she wouldn’t have gotten so far in completing her GED without Jeanie’s help.

Scarlett says she has come a long way since joining the Youth Program. She will be meeting her biological brother for the first time soon and may be looking to attend college in the fall to study Psychology, all of which wouldn’t have been possible had she not completed her GED.


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