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Student Success Story

Submitted By: Michael Hughes Hughes, Nevada Joint Union High School District
Consortium: Sierra Joint Consortium

Meet Amanda

Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education

The Challenge

The idea of returning to high school never occurred to Rodgers until many years later when her first child was attending high school. Rodgers was pushing her daughter during her junior year to progress in school when she began to feel a pang of hypocrisy.

“I don’t even have one of these and I expect (my daughter) to get one? I don’t think so,” said Rodgers.

While most of Rodgers’ friends didn’t realize she never completed high school, she said she still felt a slight stigma about returning to get her diploma at Nevada Union Adult Education.

“How are people going to look at me? I’m 50 years old,” she said.

However, she wasn’t associated with any shame upon entering the classroom doors, said Rodgers.

The Solution

“It wasn’t hard. It was weird,” said Rodgers, who, falling back on her user interface knowledge, was evaluating the computer databases and consulting Huseby on how it could be improved while completing the Nevada Union program.

After finishing the program, Rodgers has already been encouraging other former drop outs, including one friend in her 70s, to finish return to high school and get her diploma.

“I don’t know if people understand how easy it is now,” she said, referencing helpful teachers as well a campus devoid of stigma.

Her daughter was hardly shocked by her mother’s accomplishment.

“When I found out my mom was going to finish high school I wasn’t surprised at all,” Madison Rodgers wrote in an email to The Union. “My mom has always loved education she just never got the chance to finish.”

While Huseby acknowledged Rodgers is an anomalous student, she’s seen many people navigate a similar path, returning to school and, if committed, accomplishi


After watching her mom walk across the stage and get her diploma, Madison Rodgers fully anticipates her to continue on in school. Amanda Rodgers is considering furthering her education in business, or possibly history, one day becoming a librarian.

“Now,” said Rodgers. “I want a degree.”

But only, she said, if the time is right.