Adult ed flourishing in Nevada

I know other states struggle to fund their programs.  From The Las Vegas Sun News.

Adult high schools put students back on a path to achievement
More than 20,000 people have enrolled at Clark County School District adult high schools this year. They come as 87-year-olds looking to prove they can earn their diploma and as 19-year-old dropouts. 
Robert Henry, CCSD’s director of adult education, said the average age a student returns to school is 24.5 years old. The primary reason many return is they can’t find work without a General Educational Development certificate or a high school diploma. 
The schools provide students a chance to earn either. They also offer trade classes such as auto mechanics and welding to help them find employment. 
Classes are organized more like tutoring sessions than lectures because each student has a different level of education. Classes are competency-based, meaning once students prove they understand the material, they earn the credits. Desert Rose principal Sandra Ransel said that means a student could graduate in a month or take years. 
Desert Rose English instructor Roy Addington teaches his class with a dry wit and one-on-one tutor sessions. Each student is given a syllabus and expected to work on assignments during class. Meanwhile Addington will sit down individually with each student to make sure the material is understood. 
The majority of his students are between 17 and 20 years old. Some were underachievers in high school; others dropped out because they became pregnant. Either way, it doesn’t matter to Addington. His goal is make sure they can write a three-paragraph paper with an introduction, a body and a conclusion. 
“I love this format; it’s very challenging,” Addington said. “Not just for them but for me.”


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