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Open Doors 105 has its first graduate!

Krsna Martinez (3rd) celebrated by ESD staff members Sully Gama, Erin Balch, and Manuel Rangel Our Open Doors 105 progam now has its first graduate!  Krsna Martinez, a 19-year-old Yakima resident, completed the process in less than 3 1/2 months that led to her successfully passing her GED on Jan. 30 and getting her on the path to enroll at Yakima Valley College in the spring to begin studying veterinary medicine.

The Open Doors 105 program began enrolling students last August as a new option to help out-of-school youths from 16 to 21 years old who reside in the East Valley, Highland, Naches Valley, Selah, Wapato, and Yakima school districts with guidance toward completing their GED and the follow-up steps needed for their career goals.  About three dozen students are currently being assisted through the Open Doors 105 service.

Martinez said she had been an A and B student, but began struggling with school during 11th grade.  After missing out on graduating with her class in 2019, she learned about Open Doors 105 last fall and -- while balancing a heavy schedule with her job -- enrolled on October 22 to begin completing the final 7 credits she needed for her GED. 

"The program is really good, but it all depends on the person," said the first graduate.  "The people here support you in every way.  They're always caring about you and in getting your work done online.  They belive in you, for sure."

Martinez, who's been interested in becoming a veterinarian since she was 7th grade, added:  "It's crazy to think that four months ago I didn't even know what I was doing school-wise.  And now I'm going to YVC in the spring to study veterinary medicine."

Learn more about Open Doors 105 at:  https://www.esd105.org/domain/179.