PASCO, WA. -- A student drops out of school every 26 seconds across the nation. Locally, one program is working to help dropouts reclaim their futures and their education.
The Fast Forward program is run through the Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin counties and the United Way.
It's very similar to the We Want You Back program through the Kennewick School District, but on a broader scale.
For example, this program helps anyone between the ages of 16 and 21 who wants to go back to school and get their GED or high school diploma. Instead of just enrolling the student in classes, Fast Forward prides itself on being a support system for the student until he or she graduates.
"A lot of times, students have other barriers that are in the way and that's why they originally dropped out of school. So, trying to help them find ways to get rid of the barriers and to make sure they have all the resources they need so they can succeed in class," said Fast Forward Coordinator Andrea Locati.
So far this year, Fast Forward has met with more than 50 high school drop outs and has helped 23 of them get back in school, whether it be in a traditional classroom setting or online.
If you want more information about Fast Forward, call 509-416-0304.