Students Overcame Obstacles and Receive Diplomas

It was a packed house at the Museum of Florida History and although many friends and family couldn't get a seat inside, there were plenty of cameras on hand to capture the special graduation.

In a speech to the proud class of graduates, Victoria Zepp, the Life Skills Center Co-founder said, "You fought to get where you are today and you had a lot of support along the way or possible limited support--don't forget that."

For the students of the Life Skills Center Leon County, some earned high school diplomas with more weight to carry than other high school students. "It wasn't easy, you know, day care and finding a way was hard, but you know with my principals and my teachers, they stood behind me--made sure I got to school--and that's what really helps, when you have support like that." said Jessica Harding, a Life Skills Center Graduate.

Each student has a unique trial they overcame and the Life Skills Center says it helps by allowing them to work at their own pace in academics, life preparation, and even work place training. In the end--some find that their experience is almost too hard to describe in words. Many of tonight's WED. 6/3 graduates say the Life Skills Center has prepared them to move on to college.


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  • by G on Jun 5, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    Good job and best of luck in the future
  • by Shellonda Rucker Location: Life Skills Center-Leon County on Jun 5, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    Life Skils Center-Leon County, is a public charter high school serving 300 students ages 16-21. We offer students the opportunity to continue their high school studies with a flexible schedule, with a year round classes, utilizing a self-paced curriculum that meet sunshine state standards. We have a diverse population of students many of whom have faced a variety of barriers that have prohibited them from being successful in a traditional high school setting. At Life Skills we are able to assist them with their personal and social needs through our Family Education Services component, which provides resource identification and counseling services to address the issues that occur outside of school, but impact academic progress. We also employ an Employability Specialist, who trains the students in the necessary skills to find a job/career and retain employment. Our students earn HS diplomas!Come visit us at 324 N. Adams Street Tallahassee, Fl (behind Greyhound Bus Station), hours 8-5
  • by Lynn Location: Tallahassee on Jun 5, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    No, The Life Skills Center is for individuals between the ages of 16-21 that would like to receive their high school diploma! Any other questions regarding information about the Life Skills Center, please contact 850-599-9190 to speak with our Enrollment Specialist.
  • by Kristina Pereira Location: Tallahassee on Jun 5, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    No, it is not a program primarily for underage parents, although we do have some. We service all sorts of students, fortunately we do provide a stable ground for students who find traditional high schools a bit much to handle. We help our students in any way we can and the school's small size allows us to make personal and lasting connections with our kids. Just want to say I'm proud of my students. Congrats Class of '08!
  • by Robin Location: Life Skills Center on Jun 5, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    What is an underage parent? Life Skills is a charter high school for students 16 - 21. We are largely web-based, and pride ourselves on creating and cultivating a comfortable and compassionate environment for students who are facing any number of adversities. We are a public school, and welcome curious visitors. Come check us out!
  • by Tallahassee Resident Location: Tallahasee on Jun 5, 2008 at 07:10 AM
    The Life Skills Center (LSC) is a Charter High School that targets students from 16-21 years of age who have not obtained their high school diplomas. LSC students come from many different walks of life. Underage parents are welcome to attend LSC, as the flexibility of school hours helps them to continue to go to school. I have to say that when LSC first opened, there were many in the community who doubted the school. However, over the past two years they have educated and helped to graduate students in Leon County who may not have ever gotten their high school diplomas. I believe that they are doing an outstanding job with those kids and we as a community should do all that we can to help support them. If you ever get the time, stop by the school or become a volunteer. They are located at 324 N. Adams St. (right next to Greyhound and across from the Fire Department).
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2008 at 05:18 AM
    is life skills a program for underage parents?
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