LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Roger Wright, director of the McDaniel Learning Center, presented a progress report to the Laurel County Board of Education Monday night.
Beginning its sixth year, the McDaniel Learning Center has offered educational services to more than 500 at risk students.
Since Oct. 1, 2012, the McDaniel Learning Center has helped 73 students earn diplomas and 13 students earn secondary GEDs this year. This is a large increase from the 30 students who were able to graduate in 2008 and 2009, when the learning center opened.
Of the 274 students that graduated from South Laurel High School, 42 of them were from the McDaniel Learning Center, attributing to more than 15 percent of the schools graduating class; additionally five students earned their secondary GED.
Of the 317 students that graduated from North Laurel High School, 31 of them were from the McDaniel Learning Center, this attributed to more than 9 percent of that school’s graduating class, additionally eight students earned their secondary GED.
These figures account for more than 12 percent of the total graduates from Laurel County schools.
“We feel like that’s quite an accomplishment,” Wright said.
Kendra Farris was one of the students that graduated because of the McDaniel Learning Center.
“I probably had like 18 credits to go when I started McDaniel in January 2012,” Farris said. “I don’t think I would have graduated if I hadn’t went to McDaniel. If I’d stayed at North, I would have dropped out.
“I have a son that is 2 and that’s not even the reason that I did so bad,” she continued. “Once I hit high school, it was just a downfall for me. I didn’t want to go to school or do anything.”
According to Farris, Mr. Wright approached her and said he thought she would do well in the McDaniel Learning Center if she would be willing to stick with it. Farris did in fact stick with it and she graduated on time last year.