Making the Grade


At UTEC, young adults with proven barriers to success, primarily gang involvement and incarceration, are given a clean slate and an opportunity to pursue their goals.

This year, 15 young adults walked across the stage in their cap and gown to celebrate completing their HiSET (High School Equivalency Test), one of the highest graduation rates in the program’s history. They were joined by family members and staff on UTEC’s new event space, The Green @ UTEC.

“Graduating is a big step in my life. I struggled with public school, so getting my HiSET is a big accomplishment for me. I didn’t think I’d get as far as I did, and I’m proud of myself,” said Jahtari Miles, one of the graduates.