Graduation Assistance Program
GAP (Graduate Assistance Program) is an alternative high school program available for students that attend high school at one of the six 87-20 co-op schools (Grady, Garden City, Coahoma, Forsan, Greenwood, and Stanton). It is designed for students who are at-risk of graduating in the traditional four years due to credit issues, pregnancy or parenthood, or work requirements. Typically, a student completes at least two years of high school before attending GAP, after the majority of the student’s end-of-course coursework and examinations have been completed. After a GAP student completes all high school course requirements, including academic coursework and end-of-course assessments, he/she is encouraged to pursue education beyond high school, either at Howard College or at some higher education or vocational/technical institution.
A student who wishes to attend GAP must complete an application packet (available in the counselor’s office), and be approved by both the student’s school and the GAP committee. Once the student is accepted into the program, he/she attends GAP daily at Howard College, so transportation to Big Spring is required. The student must also take a dual-credit career technology course each semester of attendance, and career preparation work is also required. Traditionally, a student who completes his/her high school graduation requirements at GAP is still eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies at his/her home high school.
For more information about this program, contact Dyan Hale, GAP coordinator, at 432-264-5121, or Karen Fulton at 432-267-5858.