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Raymond Silva
Adult Learner

The Challenge

Raymond Silva should have graduated from high school in 1999 but chose to leave during his senior year to go to work as an apprentice in his father’s aircraft sheet metal repair/fabrication business where he worked for 10 years. He then went to work for Conway Feed for 6 years as an apprentice Millwright. Ray came to Skagit Valley College in 2014 to earn his high school diploma. 

The Solution

Ray enrolled in the adult basic education program and completed his High School 21+ Diploma Fall Quarter 2016. During this time, Ray also enrolled in the welding program and was able to use some of his welding classes in combination with HS21+ classes to earn competency credits to complete his high school diploma. Ray will graduate with honors when he earns his Associates of Technical Arts in Welding in June of 2017. He will be working for 360 Excavating LLC, a heavy equipment business where he did his welding internship.

The Outcome

Ray says “The program was a great experience, and I learned a lot. I was willing to expand what I learned in high school and the classes were smaller, so I got more one on one with the teachers. I was going for my GED and ended up with my diploma and now my associates. I encourage anyone that wants to get their high school diploma to go through HS21+. It is a great learning experience, with great instructors.”