Corey Barksdale and Ryan Turner received their diplomas at the school board meeting Monday, Feb. 11, before a crowded room filled with family, friends and classmates.
Barksdale and Turner are the third and fourth graduates of the program, which helps at-risk students graduate with a regular diploma. The first two graduates were Eron Haury and Adam Swaney.
R.I.S.E., or Reclaiming Individual Student Excellence, started at the beginning of this academic year with $90,000 in grant funding from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.
Students attend class for part of the day and are required to either work at a job or perform community service in the area.
Credits are broken down into 63 competencies. Students can work at their own pace to understand and learn the materials they need to graduate.
Click here for a Janesville Gazette article about the program.