South Washington County Schools

ACCESS student becomes fourth-generation Park High School graduate

On Thursday, September 7, district staff and administration recognized Helena Lynch on earning an ACCESS diploma from Park High School in a ceremony at South Washington County Schools’ District Service Center. Also in attendance for the ceremony were Helena’s parents, grandparents and great-grandmother.

“I’m so proud of Helena and I am impressed with her commitment to her education,” said Superintendent Keith Jacobus. “It does not matter when a person receives their diploma, learning has no time limit. It is truly a day to celebrate all that Helena has accomplished.” 

In earning her diploma, Helena became a fourth-generation Park High School graduate. Her father Patrick (1991), her grandparents Annette (1973) and Michael (1971), as well as her great-grandfather all graduated from the school.  

ACCESS Manager Susie Evans said, “We are so proud of the work Helena has done over the last year with us. Though she encountered roadblocks along the way, she handled her obstacles with grace, integrity and perseverance. She is now an official District 833 graduate.”

Helena looks forward to pursuing a career in the medical field and is working to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA.)

ACCESS (Adult, College, Career, English Language, Skills, and Services) is a program for adults offered through Community Education. Services include English as a Second Language courses, GED preparation, transition and basic skills, high school diplomas and adult diplomas.

To be eligible for ACCESS programs, an individual must be 17 or more years of age, not enrolled in secondary school, and functioning below the twelfth-grade level in any of the basic academic areas including reading, math, writing and speaking English.