Online program gives second chance

Thomas Garcia

Six former students who returned to finish high school will walk across the stage Saturday to receive their diploma because of an online course offered by Logan Schools.

“This is one of the best programs I have ever been a part of,” said Logan English teacher Anna Hibner.

Hibner said Logan Superintendent Ricky Hazen approached her to start the online course at Logan Schools. She said 24 students enrolled in the program. Six of those students are going to graduate Saturday.

“There are 13 more students ready to enroll in August,” Hibner said.

Hibner said the program uses online curriculum from the Global Students Network. He said the students have one lesson per week for 36 weeks for a year’s worth of credit.

“This program gives adults a second chance at graduation,” Hibner said. “Some adults want their high school diploma and are not willing to settle for a GED.”

Among the six students graduating on Saturday is 39-year-old Tanya Bowers.

“It has taken 20 years, and the work was hard, but it was so worth it,” Bowers said.

Bowers said she quit high school her junior year when she got married.

“I thought it was the right choice for me to get married and start a family,” Bowers said.

Five years ago, Bowers said she began to think about going back to school. She said she did not want a GED, but wanted to earn her high school diploma instead.

“I told my kids, ‘If you have a goal, don’t stop at anything to achieve it,’” Bowers said. “I realized that I needed to take my own advice and get my diploma.”

Bowers said Hibner approached her to enter the program and get her diploma.

“I can honestly say I would not have been able to do it without the support from Mrs. Hibner, Shelly Wallin and Dallas Valentine,” Bowers said.

Bowers said the support she received from those teachers helped her complete the program.

“People need to take advantage of this program,” Bowers said. “It’s convenient and the teachers here are always willing to help you.”

Bowers said completing the program has made her family proud. She said her mother has always wanted her to complete school.

On Saturday, Bowers will walk across the stage in a cap and gown to receive her diploma two hours before she watches her son Cody walk across the same stage to receive his high school diploma.

“I am very proud of my mom,” said Cody Morrison.

Bowers said there is no way to describe what she will feel on Saturday when she finally holds that high school diploma.

“I just wish my father was here to see this day,” Bowers said. “It has been a long time coming.”

Bowers said she will miss the work and plans on continuing her education by enrolling in college.

“I know now that I can handle the work,” Bowers said. “I want to continue to better myself and make my family proud.”