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NEDP Graduate Stories

For NEDP graduates, completing a high school diploma opens the opportunity to transition to postsecondary education, improve employment options, provide positive role models for their children, and improve their lives in other significant ways.

The personal testimonials below are just a few of the success stories of our graduates.


Pursuing Higher Education, Improving Employment Opportunities,
and Changing Lives!

NEDP Hampton Roads Graduate

Hampton Newport News (VA) student finds success with the NEDP.

Ken-Hopkins-Hampton-grad_webKenneth Hopkins decided in May 2014 he was going to complete his high school education. He discovered the NEDP at Hampton Newport News in Virginia. In spite of learning challenges, he used the skills gained from life and work experience to complete the NEDP successfully and, this summer, is the first student to graduate through Newport News Public Schools. Ken was honored to be the student speaker at the regional graduation. He spoke of the satisfaction and sense of achievement that comes from having successfully completed this rigorous program.

Ken works as a deck electrician for Newport News Shipbuilding, a strong partner of both the school divisions and the NEDP. He found out about the NEDP when he decided to complete his high school education and enrolled in the shipyard night school. His original intention was to get a GED® test credential. His instructor recognized his potential and encouraged him to earn his high school diploma through the NEDP instead. The shipyard provides tutoring services and pays for the program for their employees.

Earning his high school diploma has opened many doors for Ken. He can now become a supervisor at the shipyard or attend the Shipyard Apprentice School. His current plan is to attend the local community college this fall. The NEDP has given him the confidence to continue his education, and that is what he plans to do.

Congratulations, Ken! We are inspired by your determination!

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