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Congressman visits Kent School District's iGrad

Rep. Adam Smith, left, with Kent School District Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas, middle, and iGrad Principal Carol Cleveland. - Courtesy photo
Rep. Adam Smith, left, with Kent School District Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas, middle, and iGrad Principal Carol Cleveland.
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Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA, District 9) visited Kent School District last Thursday to take a closer look at award-winning iGrad, its cutting-edge youth re-engagement program.

"This is an important program that utilizes critical partnerships to re-engage former students who want the opportunity to determine their future," Smith said.

iGrad has partnerships with Green River Community College and others to provide students with high school diplomas, associate's degrees and technical certificates. As a Kent School District program, there is no charge to students to complete these credentials.

"iGrad is a benefit to the entire state, as some students come from far outside the district to complete their education," Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas said. "Congressman Smith's interest and visit mean a great deal to us. He is a champion of education and was very interested in hearing more about how innovation in instruction can lead to better schools and better communities."

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