On May 26, 2016, MiraCosta College held its annual Adult High School Program graduation. About 40 of the estimated 100 graduates participated in the ceremony. Of the thousands of students graduating from schools in the region this spring, you’d be hard pressed to find one more grateful than Jessica Boone. A former dropout who became a single parent as a teen while battling bouts of depression, Jessica, now 29, graduated with her high school diploma on May 26 from the MiraCosta College Community Learning Center. She enrolls at the Oceanside Campus in the fall on her way to earning a Child Development Certificate and becoming a preschool teacher. “It’s something I never thought I could do, but now that I’ve done it, it gives me the confidence that I can keep going further in my education,” she said. Boone was four months pregnant when she left high school early more than a decade ago. She enrolled in a few classes here and there at both MiraCosta and Palomar colleges, but the demands of raising a child and working full time – including stints as a retail clerk, a receptionist and a nanny – kept her from pursuing any kind of degree. Three years ago, she decided to start from where she had left off and earn her high school diploma. Jessica took her courses at night and thrived. MiraCosta’s is the only college-based high school diploma program in Coastal North San Diego County, and Jessica, an Oceanside resident, soon found a new home. “The teachers were fabulous, awesome, and the staff there is so nice and supportive, helping you with whatever you need,” she said. “Even the other students are supportive. The whole environment was encouraging and friendly.” Now married, Jessica is the proud mom of a 10-year-old girl and a 19-month old boy. She has been working regularly as a nanny for the past five years. And her future is set. “It’s been a long struggle, but when you get to the finish line, it makes you so thankful.”MiraCosta College’s Adult High School Program offers fall, spring and summer sessions. Most day classes meet four times per week. All evening classes meet twice weekly. MiraCosta offers the only college-based, high school diploma program in Coastal North County, and tuition is free. For more information on how to enroll in the Adult High School Program, call the MiraCosta College Community Learning Center at 760.795.8710 or visit miracosta.edu/ahsdp.