At Risk Students
Act 39 is the title of the program that covers two separate diploma choices at Gateway Technical College. The coordinator works between Gateway and RUSD high school counselors and social workers to monitor referrals to the program and student success in the program.
Adult High School Diploma Program
Students, ages 16 to 18, may enter the adult high school program at Gateway if they are found to be at-risk by state definition. The student and parent sign a contract with Racine Unified and Gateway to attend classes at Gateway. These students may transfer earned credits to Gateway, take classes at Gateway, earn new credits, and complete the 17 credit adult diploma. The adult diploma is awarded by the Racine Unified School District Board of Education through Gateway Technical College.
High School Equivalency Diploma Program
The high school equivalency diploma (HSED) is for the at-risk student who is at least 17 years old and has very few credits from the high school. This student and parent will sign a contract to attend Gateway. The student may work toward the HSED and complete it when his 9th grade class graduates or he is 18 ½ years of age. The student will take and pass five GED tests, a health test or class, a civics test or class, and a Career Awareness class. This diploma is awarded by the State of Wisconsin.