Open Doors – GED Program


What is the Open Doors program?

Excelsior Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program is designed to offer young adults, ages 16‐21, a non-traditional educational option where they can work towards their high school diploma, study for the GED, acquire college and work readiness skills, and take part in vocational training. This could include industry and college tours, job shadows, informational interviews, and internships.

Case management is an integral part of this program. All educational plans are individualized to include career counseling and wrap around services. The student and case manager develop a professional relationship to communicate individual needs, navigate barriers, and celebrate achievements along the way. Our staff encourages students to discover new interests and guides them in taking steps towards attaining their goals.

Pathway Selection:

  • The high school diploma pathway is provided by Excelsior through the online Odysseyware program. Students have opportunity to work on their diploma as well as taking college level courses.
  • The GED pathway at Excelsior offers programs centered on building college and work readiness skills, as well as vocational exploration and training.

How do I participate in Open doors?

  1. Once a student selects an educational pathway, they will be given application to complete.
  2. Contact Director of Secondary Education to set up a meeting to review your educational pathway selection.
  3. Meet with our teachers to create an individualized schedule and academic plan.
  4. Engage in weekly contact with advisors up to 3+ days a week via email, telephone, or in-person.
  5. Complete a two hour check-in monthly related to case management, instruction, or academic, or career advising.
  6. Connect with Open Doors case manager to discuss post GED education and/or career goals.

For more information contact:

Carol Stines, Director of Education/Dean of Students