The Step Up to College program allows students ages 16-20 from Grandview, Mabton, Toppenish, Kittitas, Stevenson-Carson, and Ellensburg school districts to earn a high school diploma or GED.
For individuals living within the Grandview, Mabton, Toppenish, Kittitas, Stevenson-Carson, and Ellensburg school district boundaries who:
- will not graduate from high school on time because they have not earned enough high school credits,
- will turn 21 years of age before they graduate from high school, or
- are former high school students, under the age of 21, who did not graduate and are now trying to earn a high school diploma.
Students admitted in the program can enroll in courses at a YVC Campus or Learning Center which will help them earn a high school diploma. These courses can include English Language Acquisition (formerly ESL), Adult Basic Education, college level transfer, and professional technical courses that prepare students to enter the workforce. The specific courses a student enrolls in will depend upon the student’s educational goals, the credits the student needs to complete a high school diploma, and the student’s placement scores.
The Step Up to College program recognizes high school credit students have already learned. Students earn additional high school credit when they demonstrate competency in a subject. Competency can be demonstrated by passing a class, earning a certain score on a placement exam, or showing documented evidence that the student has already gained the knowledge needed to meet course outcomes through training and/or work experience.