Teen jobs will count towards graduate requirements in WA

Does the teenager work a lot after school? Now this job can help them graduate.

The new school program allows hours worked to be credited

Beginning with the 2023-24 school year, WA State education officials have announced a new program that will allow students to complete select elective credits using hours worked after school.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced Friday that the elective credit program will use those hours toward their degree. According MyNorthwest.com:

(the plan) “would allow students to earn one elective credit per 360 hours worked or 0.5 elective credit per 180 hours worked. Students may earn up to four elective credits in total through their work experience, with a maximum of two credits earned in one year.”

OSPI Chris Reykdal says students would enroll or enroll in this program as they would any other class.

This would go towards the 7 elective credits required for graduation, students must also currently meet 17 core credits as well as other criteria.

The plan is expected to be rolled out for the 2023-2024 school year. All extracurricular jobs will be eligible for this program.

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