Everyone can relate when a teenager complains that high school is hard. The requirements may have changed through the years, but the pressure to succeed remains the same.
For years, if a student got tired of school or decided they couldn’t handle the pressure anymore, they simply dropped out. Some of those dropouts went on to get a GED, but more often than not, they entered the workforce without a degree.
Taking issue with the dropout numbers and the stigma of the GED test, the West Virginia Department of Education established Option Pathway – a new way to keep students in school and help them get a high school equivalency diploma.
Pocahontas County High School implemented the program in 2012 and. since then, has seen an increase in students receiving their diplomas.
Three years ago, Emily McLaughlin became the Option Pathway teacher…