Educational Gateways for Lansing’s Next Generation

Tyler Elliott was angry. Anger consumed his life and exploded in high school. He fought. He didn’t study. He made poor choices that caused him to get behind or fail classes. Continually off track, Elliott was eventually expelled from his Lansing school, jeopardizing his prospects for graduating.

Elliott knew he had two options. He could take his chances and pursue life without his diploma, or he could work toward graduating by attending an alternative high school.

In September 2014, Elliott decided to try again. He enrolled at Lansing’s Woodcreek Achievement Center to complete high school, and to work through the struggles and behaviors that stood in his way. And as he neared graduation, he realized he needed additional skills for life beyond high school, and signed-up for Jobs for Michigan Graduates—a state-wide program available at Woodcreek that provides academic and career readiness skills for students at-risk.

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