News - 04/29/2014

MiraCosta College to Hold Adult High School Graduation

AHSDP 2013

Nancy Ranney never gave up. Some 30 years after dropping out of high school, Ranney will don a cap and gown on May 15 and walk across the stage as a graduate of the MiraCosta Adult High School Diploma Program.

“I dropped out of high school when I was in 11th grade and I’ve been a stay-at-home mom since I had kids,” Ranney said. “Earning a diploma is important to me. I finally decided I had gone long enough without one. It was time to go back.”

Ranney is not unlike the 90 other adult high school students planning to take part in the graduation ceremony at the Concert Hall on the MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus. All took a different path, but all share one thing in common: an unshakable belief in the value of an education.

“Our students are very diverse and have faced many challenges, but their dedication to endless hours of studying and going to classes shows strong commitment to the importance of education to better themselves, their families and their community,” said Alketa Wojcik, dean of community education. “One of the main goals of the program is to help and support students in receiving a high school diploma but to also help them transition to higher education and career possibilities. 

“The ceremony is a celebration of their achievement of their high school diploma, but also a celebration of new beginnings for a college degree, a certificate or a new job.”

Maria Mancilla said she enrolled in the Adult High School Diploma Program after taking an ESL class to improve her English. “Now I want to take some classes at MiraCosta College and see what happens,” said the mother of three who works part time as a housekeeper.

Both Mancilla and Ranney say their children have been inspired by their dedication to education. “It has really impacted my kids,” said Ranney, who has two children in high school and a third in second grade. “They were my biggest cheerleaders, and it made them want to do better in school and try harder.”

Ranney, who is 48 years old, was quick to credit the supportive environment at the Adult High School Program. “It’s amazing,” Ranney said. “Those people are a gift from God. From the administrators to the instructors, every person there went out of their way to help me out.”

Mancilla had a similar experience. “I had so much support,” Mancilla said. “A lot of very good people are working there.”

The Adult High School Diploma Program offers fall, spring, and summer sessions. Most day classes meet four times per week. All evening classes meet twice weekly. MiraCosta’s is the only college-based, high-school diploma program in Coastal North County, and tuition is free. Students set their own pace; Ranney, for example, made up nearly two years worth of classes in a single year. 

The May 15 Adult High School Diploma Program graduation is set to start at 6 p.m. The Oceanside Campus is located at 1 Barnard Drive. The Concert Hall is in the 2400 building.

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