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High School Diploma Program

As a sophomore in high school, Iridian was forced to drop out of school and move to Mexico to care for her mother who was sick with cancer. After returning to Napa County, she desired to complete her diploma, but the barriers were steep. She gave birth to a daughter, and the demands and pressures of being a teen mom prevented her from completing her diploma.

Iridian was referred to the NVAE Student Success Center. The Student Success Center exists to help students create their education and career plans and to provide the individualized support they need to be successful.

Iridian re-enrolled at Napa Valley Adult Education in Fall 2015 and completed her high school diploma in February, 2017.

With the help of the NVAE Student Success Center, Iridian was able to complete both the Napa Valley College application as well as the FAFSA application, and she applied to - and was awarded - a Gasser Foundation scholarship. Within a month she started at Napa Valley College and is currently taking nine credits!

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