VICKSBURG, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new program in Vicksburg is helping students get their High School diplomas in a unique way.
The Way Program has 13 sites across Michigan--this is the first year for its Vicksburg location, which represents the first location in the Kalamazoo area.
Its leaders say the program is for students who just haven't clicked in traditional school settings.
18-year-old Brooke Reeves dropped out of school at 15.
She re-enrolled last year, but it didn't take.
"I went back for like, two months, then I quit again," she said. "18 and a freshman doesn't look cool."
Now, she's starting up with the Way Program.
She is learning to use her new Macintosh computer--Reeves, and everyone else in the program, gets a computer to go online and do their work.
Site leader Steve Fryling says it's part of the program's blended approach to learning.
"They take this computer home; they come into our lab in Vicksburg a couple of days a week; they do a project-based approach to learning, instead of the traditional approach," explained Fryling.
The students do the projects, earn the credits, and when they have enough, get a Vicksburg High School Diploma--not a GED Certificate.
Fryling says the students also keep credits they already earned in traditional high school, and students don't necessarily have to be from Vicksburg.
Reeves drives here from Athens.
Fryling says that not every student is right for the program--he meets with them ahead of time to see if it's a good fit.
"I've got students who have dropped out of school, who haven't been in school in three years, saying 'Can I start today? Why can't I start now?'" Fryling says. "I've never seen that kind of enthusiasm."
Students must be younger than 20 as of September 1st in order to be eligible.
There are about 50 students enrolled right now, and while there are still spots available, there aren't many.
If you, or someone you know, may be interested in the Way Program, more information can be found by clicking here.