Open Doors Announcements
Student Art Night
On March 30th, Yakima Open Doors hosted a student art night. Check it out in this video!
Yakima Open Doors enter their 9th school year of serving students in obtaining a Diploma or GED
Yakima Open Doors completed the re-application as we enter our 9th school year of serving students in obtaining a Diploma or GED. Students must be age 16 by September 1 in order to qualify for the program. Congratulations to the team for spending countless hours teaming together and getting the report completed. OSPI stated: Kudos on your exceptional flow chart. We hope to use it as an exemplar when other programs ask to see what one should look like! Congratulations to the Yakima School District Open Doors Team!
A heartfelt Thank You to Maverick Gaming and their program "Maverick Cares"
Posted by Sara Cordova on 11/23/2020
This Thanksgiving season, Maverick Cares donated Thanksgiving meals for 20 of our Yakima School District Families! We are grateful for their generosity and thoughtfulness this holiday season. We also want to thank our Yakima Police Department for coordinating this effort. We appreciate you!
The Yakima School District Is Accepting Referrals For Students Into The Highly Capable Program
Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 11/13/2020
The Yakima School District is accepting referrals for students in kindergarten through 11th grade for consideration into the Highly Capable Program. If you would like to refer a child that fits this description, please complete a Referral Packet at https://www.ysd7.org/domain/22 by Friday, January 29, 2021. Children who demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade-level standards in literacy and/or math (or have the potential to do so if challenged and supported,) demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess a strong motivation to excel are good candidates for the Highly Capable Program.
First Student Completes Both GED and Diploma - Even During a Pandemic!
Posted by Anne Berg on 10/26/2020
The Yakima School District Open Doors program is widely known for its GED program. A smaller number of students earn their diploma through Open Doors. This June, YSD’s, Alicia Garcia, was the first student to do both!
Alicia came to Open Doors in the 2016-2017 school year. She was living on her own, paying rent, working at a fast-food restaurant, and coming to Open Doors when she could. Transportation was not always easy as her car was unreliable. She had no internet access and borrowed a computer when she could. Going after a GED would be a simpler, quicker path for Alicia as she knew that she was carrying a heavy load and a GED was in reach. Nine months later, Alicia completed her GED and we all celebrated her accomplishment!
Alicia surprised staff when, on the night of her GED celebration, she asked, “Can I get my diploma now?”
Alicia spent the next two years coming almost weekly to Open Doors, finishing class after class, still working full time, and living on her own. Working full time, she was able to purchase a computer and a reliable car (that she knows how to fix herself we might add).
When COVID-19 hit, Alicia had one more class to finish and she did it. Like all the other graduates of 2020, Alicia did not get to walk and turn her tassel to share her victory with family and friends. Nevertheless, Alicia has her diploma in hand…and her GED!
Alicia is now on to community college. Congratulations, Alicia! #YSDpride
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Thank you for providing a cermony for the graduates. Two of my three children needed a program like this and I'm very grateful that this was an option for them. Brandon has moved to Tri Cities to work part time and attend college. I have no doubt he will be successfull at computer engineering. Thank you again for all that you do - it makes a big difference to many.
- Parent of 2017 Graduate