Students enrolled in the Main Street School’s Life Skills Alternative Cooperation Education Services, or LS-ACE, completed the program today and are now ready for their next steps.
The LS-ACE program provides students who are 18-21 years old with a post-secondary transition from high school to the workforce or college. Students have to complete their high school credits and socially graduate from their home high schools but not accept their diplomas to qualify for the program.
Once enrolled in the LS-ACE, students can take one of three pathways: community-based, career exploration or college/industry readiness.
Today, 17 students stood, sat, waved and even took a bow before their peers, family, friends and school staff to accept recognition for completing the program.
“We are very thankful to our families for all this work they have given their students in the partnership over the last few years. And we are so excited to see how this next group of completers is going to change the world and our community,” said Laura Hess, executive director of Special Education at the St. Vrain Valley School District.
Students completing the program not only walked away with a new set of skills that will aid their independence in the future, but they also received their high school diploma.
“Today is my favorite day because you get to see the completion of the student’s entire career, and we look forward to seeing what they do in the future given the skills that we helped them gain over time. It’s a sense of pride and enjoyment,” said Gina Trujillo, Main Street School principal.