“We give rural students exposure to rigor before they’re alone in a dorm room or on a job site and just have to figure it out. “

“What we cannot do alone, we can do together. By offering opportunities to students regionally, students will be able to obtain their high school diploma from a high-performing academic high school, and if they choose, they can also leave with a career certification, a college degree, or a head start on a postsecondary pathway by combining dual enrollment and career and technical coursework to earn college credits and industry certifications while in high school. In a perfect world, this should be an easy endeavor. But innovation is not simple, and changing the way we do things can often bring about a sense of uneasiness and discomfort. Empower has been with us every step of the way. I couldn’t imagine taking this on without them.”

– Dr. Brenda Krage, Superintendent, Fremont Re-2 School District